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

Dr David Parker the director of human and robotic exploration at ESA says that the lunar campaign’s ultimate mission would be to see if a permanent human moon base can be established. Image credit- ESA

Dr David Parker the director of human and robotic exploration at ESA says that the lunar campaign’s ultimate mission would be to see if a permanent human moon base can be established. Image credit- ESA

But thanks to a Chinese satellite that's now in lunar orbit, we get to see the Erath and the Moon from a totally different and rare perspective. 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 image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. The Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning.

The Dwingeloo Radio Observatory in the Netherlands reports that the photo was captured by China's Longjiang-2 satellite on February 3rd, 2019.

Queqiao is now located in a stable position near the Moon.

After a radio-quiet period to avoid interfering with the Chang'e 4 Lunar landing, [Longjiang-2] became active again on 13 January 2019.

The Moon dominates the night sky and, as the closest large body to Earth, we get to see it plenty. And I sure hope we'll soon get to see more stunning photos from the far side of the Moon.

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