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NASA images show dark side of the moon

The camera aboard the DSCVR spacecraft snapped pictures of a side of the moon not visible from earth.

Images taken by a camera aboard the DSCVR spacecraft show dark side of the moon.NASA/NOAA

NASA is on a roll this summer. First with the New Horizons spacecraft sailing past pluto, then with the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCVR) images of Earth, and then discovering the Earth-size planet Kepler 452-b in a constellation called Cygnus.

Now, a camera aboard DSCVR, captured a view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month, NASA reports. These images were taken by the same camera, EPIC, that took the photos of earth form earlier this summer.

The fully illuminated "dark side" of the moon is shown in the series of test images, this side of the moon is never visible from earth.

The images were taken some time between 3:50 and 8:45 p.m. eastern time on July 16. They show the moon passing over the Pacific Ocean near North America.

NASA posted an animation to Facebook featuring the actual satellite images of the far side of the moon.

Check it out below:


Moon Crossing Face of Earth A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth.The images were captured by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope on the DSCOVR satellite orbiting 1 million miles from Earth. From its position between the sun and Earth, DSCOVR conducts its primary mission of real-time solar wind monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Read more at http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/from-a-million-miles-away-nasa-camer...

Posted by NASA's Earth Observatory on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

 

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