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

Postado Fevereiro 06, 2019

A stunning image taken by China's Longjiang-2 satellite on 3 February shows a rare perspective - a giant backside of the Moon with a tiny planet Earth nearby. The country's space agency sent communication hardware into lunar orbit so that it could relay information back and forth between the lander and rover on the Moon's far side and engineers back on Earth. The satellite, which has been in orbit since June 2018, took the photo after switching back on after a radio quiet period.

This photo of Earth and the Lunar farside, maybe our best ever, was taken yesterday by the Chinese Lunar satellite DSLWP-B (Longjiang-2).

The Dutch Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands downloaded it at the agonising speed of less than one kilobyte per minute. In January the Chang'e-4 successfully touched down on the far side of the Moon - the side that's always facing away from Earth.

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.