Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Stunning Image Of Moon's Rear Side Captured By Chinese Satellite

Stunning Image Of Moon's Rear Side Captured By Chinese Satellite

Now, thanks to China's efforts to learn as much as possible about the least-studied side of the Moon, we have a brand new view of it.

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on December 8, 2018, and entered orbit around the Moon five days later.

The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. It was launched in May previous year, along with a companion satellite (DSLWP-A) and Queqiiao satellite to observe the far side of the Moon. As for the photo of the Earth and the "dark side of the Moon", it was transmitted back to Earth and received with the Dwingeloo Telescope.

Last month, China's Chang'e-4 lander created history by successfully touching down on the far side of the Moon.

During the Chang'e-4 landing, DSLWP-B remained silent for some days to avoid interfering with the communication between the ground controllers and the Chang'e-4 lander.

On Jan. 3, 2019, the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 safely landed on the floor of the Moon's Von Kármán crater (186 kilometer diameter) located within an even larger impact crater known as the South Pole-Aitken basin roughly 2,500 kilometers in diameter and 13 kilometers deep -the largest impact crater in the Solar System. From here, it relays radio signals from Longjiang-2 and the Chang'e 4 lander back to Earth. For the first time, it the entire Moon and Earth are in view. The tiny satellite is capable of carrying out some complex scientific studies through space. The Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning.

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