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China's Lunar Probe Takes Incredible Picture of Earth And Moon Together

30/10/2014 11:57 GMT | Updated 30/10/2014 11:59 GMT

China's experimental Chang'e 5 spacecraft has taken some incredible images as it passed around the Moon including this image which manages to capture both the Moon and the Earth in remarkable clarity.

According to China's national newspaper the People's Daily, the spacecraft launched on 23 October with the intention of orbiting the Moon and then heading back to Earth.

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The eight-day trip is actually just a test run for China's fourth major lunar probe which is expected to land in 2017 and start exploring the Moon's surface.

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China successfully launched its first lunar lander Chang'e 3 last year where it touched down but started experiencing technical issues shortly afterwards.