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NASA camera captures the dark side of the moon (+video)

Screenshot of YouTube video/NASA.gov Video
Screenshot of YouTube video/NASA.gov Video

The “dark” side of the moon is never visible from Earth. The moon is “tidally locked” to Earth, according to NASA. That means that people looking at the moon from Earth always see the same side.

But a NASA camera was able to capture the other side, the dark side, as the moon passed by Earth last month.

The camera was on the DISCOVR satellite that is orbiting 1 million miles from Earth. The camera is designed to monitor solar wind, but was able to produce these cool shots as well.

In the images, the moon is moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America. The camera that took these images has a constant view of Earth, according to NASA. Next month, the agency plans to post daily color images of Earth to a website for the public to view.

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