Chinese satellite sends image of moon's captured rear side

Katie Ramirez
February 9, 2019

This mission marks the first successful soft landing on the moons dark side, the side that does not face the sun. Pictured: This picture released on January 11, 2019 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows the Yutu-2 moon rover, taken by the Chang'e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon. Now Longjiang-2 orbits the moon by its lonesome, testing out future radio astronomy and interferometry techniques (studying what happens when light, radio, electromagentic, and various other types of waves are met with interference).

Earth photobombs the far side of the moon in this color-corrected photo taken by China's Longjiang-2 microsatellite on February 4, 2019, at 10:20 a.m. EST (1520 GMT). The tiny imaging satellite was sent into space as part of China's Chang'e-4 mission preparations.

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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. According to Chinese scientists, the probe is now about 18 meters northwest of the lander and is in constant communication with ground control here on Earth.

DSLWP-B is not managed by any government space agency, so it is categorised as an "amateur" satellite. The picture of that sequence was downloaded by Dwingeloo Radio Observatory in the Netherlands yesterday, marking the first time Longjiang-2 has captured the entire Moon and Earth in one shot.

Full colour adjusted images captured throughout the process are available on Cess Bassa's blog post.

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