Publicado: Vie, Febrero 08, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

China's Chang'e 4 Peers Into Vastness of Moon's Unexplored Far Side

China's Chang'e 4 Peers Into Vastness of Moon's Unexplored Far Side

The photo was taken with a camera linked to an amateur radio transceiver on board the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite.

The Longjiang-2 satellite entered the Moon's orbit in June 2018 and was launched along with China's Queqiao communications probe, which has been critical for the country's recent Chang'e-4 lunar lander.

Queqiao has also played a crucial role in China's lunar lander mission.

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During the Chang'e-4 landing, DSLWP-B remained silent for some days to avoid interfering with the communication between the ground controllers and the Chang'e-4 lander. Queqiiao is now located in a stable position near the Moon and beams back radio signals from Chang'e-4 lander and DSLWP-B to Earth. However, the tiny satellite became active again on 13th January 2019. The image, which was captured by the Longjiang-2 satellite that was sent skyward previous year, even features Earth photobombing scene in the background. The Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning.

The probe has since been re-activated and started taking a time-lapse of the Earth-Moon system on 3 February.

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