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.
Given the camera's the low resolution, Longjiang-2 has provided some impressively detailed images of the lunar surface.
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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).
China's space agency launched Queqiiao to enable communication between the ground controllers and the Chang'e-4 spacecraft, which it landed on the "dark side" of the Moon last month. Yet it needs the Queqiao satellite to be located in a stable position near the Moon, where it sends radio signals from both Longjiang-2 and the Chang'e-4 lander to Earth. Queqiiao satellite played a significant role in the entire landing mission.
The CNSA lifted Longjiang-2's silent period in mid-January, allowing the satellite to take photographs once more.
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Longjiang-2 had a companion satellite, Longjiang-1, which was also tasked with orbiting and observing the Moon.
Most astronomers agree that the Moon was formed in a huge impact between a Mars-sized object and the Earth, about 100 million years after the formation of the Solar System.
The image above 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.
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