China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural satellite.

Here's the photo in hi-res, along with two additional shots that feature Earth and the Moon individually. The series was posted by Xinhua News:

Photo Credit: CNSA

Photo Credit: CNSA

Photo Credit: CNSA

The Chang'e 5 test vehicle is scheduled to return to Earth Friday, October 31st, during which time China will conduct re-entry tests on the capsule it intends to use in its lunar sample return mission, which is currently slated for 2017.

H/t Phil Plait