This is the First Photo Shot on the Far Side of the Moon

This is the First Photo Shot on the Far Side of the Moon

China just became the first country to achieve a soft-landing on the far side of the moon after its Chang’e-4 probe landed at 2:30 AM Universal Time today. And shortly after landing, the probe sent back this first photo ever shot from the surface of the “dark side of the moon.”

The photo shows the 112-mile (180km) diameter Von Karman crater that the probe will now begin exploring.

Both the landing and the first photo were first tweeted out by the Chinese state television station CGTN:

CGTN

@CGTNOfficial

China’s Chang’e-4 probe lands successfully on far side of the moon at 10:26 a.m. BJT Thursday, marking the first ever soft-landing in this uncharted area

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CGTN

@CGTNOfficial

‘s Chang’e-4 probe sends back world’s first close shot of moon’s far side after historic soft landing on uncharted area https://goo.gl/cbp7To  pic.twitter.com/ReORkkPcq3

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NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine was quick to congratulate China on its pioneering feat:

Jim Bridenstine

@JimBridenstine

Congratulations to China’s Chang’e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon. This is a first for humanity and an impressive accomplishment! pic.twitter.com/JfcBVsjRC8

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Photos of the far side of the moon are nothing new — here’s one that was captured during the Apollo 16 mission:

But the new Chang’e-4 photo above is the first photo ever shot from the surface of the far side of the moon, and that’s an impressive photographic first indeed.

(via MIT Technology Review via DPReview)

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