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Chinese university captures images of Earth from Moon

Updated : 2019-07-09

By ( chinadaily.com.cn )

Microsatellite Longjiang-2 -- developed by the Harbin Institute of Technology, which is currently orbiting the Moon -- captured the images of the Earth during a solar eclipse.

Institute officials said the images were recorded in South America from UTC 18:01hrs to 20:44 on July 2.

They said the images clearly revealed the American continent, storms in the ocean, light spots reflected by the Sun onto the sea and the shadow of moon falling on the earth.

The images were shot by the two cameras carried by Longjiang-2 -- a mini camera that only weighs 20 grams, making it easy to operate and take pictures at short intervals, as well as a visible light camera from King Abdullah Science and Technology City in Saudi Arabia.

The Harbin Institute of Technology team cooperated with amateur radio operators in Spain and Germany to take and receive the photos. A total of six pictures were taken by the microsatellite during the solar eclipse and four of them were sent back to earth on July 3.

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Image of the Earth captured by lunar orbiter Longjiang-2 during a solar eclipse. [Photo/chinanews.com]

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Camera devices carried on Longjiang-2, a microsatellite developed by the Harbin Institute of Technology. [Photo/chinanews.com]

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