Here is an image of this lunar micro-satellite taken in 2018, from this tweet, found in this comment below the question What is the most recent photo taken from the Moon surface as of August 2019?

In the original source I've found: "captured by Longjiang-2/DSLWP-B"

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Which camera exactly has taken this image and which hardware configuration was used to take and transmit the image? Is it even listed on the Wikipedia page?

  • Landing Camera (LCAM), mounted on the bottom of the spacecraft, the camera began to produce a video stream at the height of 12 km (7.5 mi) above the lunar surface.
  • Terrain Camera (TCAM), mounted on top of the lander and able to rotate 360°, is being used to image the lunar surface and the rover in high definition.

Some more data on the camera and also its complete images archive:

DSLWP-B carrier a camera designed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology [KACST] (Saudi Arabia)

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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh thanks for the reminder, did it. $\endgroup$
    – J. Doe
    Aug 27, 2019 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @uhoh sorry for not referencing your comment; are SE comments a reliable source? i.e. you won't clean up as I've seen it sometimes. $\endgroup$
    – J. Doe
    Aug 27, 2019 at 12:09
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    $\begingroup$ A lead from another tweet: twitter.com/aj_fi/status/1026432829322944513 "These images above are from a student-developed camera on the Longjiang-2/DSLWP-B microsatellite - a second imager distinct from the one developed by KACST of Saudi Arabia which took the images below. 2 cameras on one 47 kg lunar sat!" $\endgroup$
    – Roger
    Aug 27, 2019 at 14:22
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    $\begingroup$ @J.Doe S.E. comments are a reliable source if they're sourced ;). $\endgroup$ Aug 27, 2019 at 20:51

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Pretty sure that it is the "Inory Eye" camera as mentioned in the Planetary Society piece:

However, the Longjiang-2 transceiver also carried an onboard student-developed camera, dubbed the Inory Eye (a note on the name here) and controlled by a tiny circuit board, which has returned a string amazing images of the Earth and Moon, as well as the lunar surface.

Notice the white balance(WB) differences (assuming these are raw) between this image, and the Saudi camera one which seems to have a more balanced WB, and wider FOV. While the tiny lens of the "Inory eye" would result in such types of images that we're discussing.

P.S: Also, the credits are made to HIT Amateur Radio team, and not KACST.


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