Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Chinese satellite captures moon and Earth like you've never seen them

Chinese satellite captures moon and Earth like you've never seen them

This is the first time that this satellite has captured a view of the Moon and Earth in single shot.

It lost its twin satellite Longjiang-1 back in May 2018 when it spun off and lost contact with the Chinese National Space Administration back on Earth.

The photo was taken with a camera linked to an amateur radio transceiver on board the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. The Verge explains that this probe was launched into space along with Queqiao satellite, which was critical for the recent landing of Chang'e 4 spacecraft. Longjiang-2 captured this photo during the new moon, when the Earth-facing side of the moon was completely dark and the far side was entirely illuminated instead. Queqiiao satellite played a significant role in the entire landing mission. The tiny satellite took lovely pictures of the Moon after reaching lunar orbit in June 2018, but in early January 2019, as the CNSA was carefully monitoring the landing of Chang'e-4, it invoked a radio-quiet period to minimise interference, according to CAMRAS, which manages the Dwingeloo Radio telescope in the northeastern Netherlands.

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). However, the tiny satellite became active again on 13th January 2019.

This is what Longjiang-2's image of the lunar far side looks like without color correction.

A Chinese lunar orbiter has taken a stunning image that shows the giant rear side of the moon with a tiny planet Earth nearby, the media reported.

The Dutch Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands downloaded it at the agonising speed of less than one kilobyte per minute.

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