Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

Previous Apollo missions revealed that the Moon's surface temperature could reach up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit (127 degrees Celsius) during the day and drop to minus 280 Fahrenheit (minus 173 Celsius) during the lunar night. More info at https://t.co/sKt7w9mol9 pic.twitter.com/IsnyvqekTz - Dwingeloo Telescoop (@radiotelescoop) February 4, 2019 Cees Bassa of CAMRAS writes: After a radio-quiet period to avoid interfering with the Chang'e 4 Lunar landing, [Longjiang-2] became active again on 13 January 2019.

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. However, this data comes from the side of the satellite that faces Earth. It's the first photo captured by Longjiang-2 that shows the Moon's entire far side and the Earth together in the same frame.

Chinese satellite DSLWP-B (Longjiang-2), which is now in the Moon's lunar orbit, has captured an image from the far side of the heavily cratered moon - with the cloud-covered Earth in the distance.

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It speaks to the chance that the moon's far side and its Earth-facing side might possess different environments, starting with their ability to retain heat.

China's Longjiang-2 satellite, along with the Queqiao communications probe, has been in lunar orbit since June 2018.

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.

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In a statement to Xinhua News, Chang'e mission director Zhang He said, "That's probably due to the difference in lunar soil composition between the two sides of the moon". "We still need more careful analysis".

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

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