Israeli Spacecraft Took Selfie With Earth En Route to Moon

Mindy Sparks
March 6, 2019

It shows the spacecraft Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, orbiting some 23,300 miles (37,600 kilometers) away, with the entire Earth as the stunning Apollo-style backdrop.

An Israeli spacecraft has taken the ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon.

The Beresheet spacecraft blasted off aboard a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida last month. Touchdown is planned for April 11 at the Sea of Serenity.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent Beresheet into orbit on February 21, with a logistical assist from Seattle-based Spaceflight.

Israel joins Russian Federation, the United States and China in their missions to the moon.

The Israeli mission comes amid renewed global interest in the moon, 50 years after American astronauts first walked on its surface.

Reaching the moon will make Israel only the fourth country - following the US, the Soviet Union and China - to have made a successful landing on the lunar surface.

It will also mark the first moon landing from a privately funded company.

It is also carrying a time capsule loaded with digital files including a 30 million page archive of human history and civilisation, a Bible, an Israeli flag and the account of a holocaust survivor. It aims to put a craft with a rover onto the moon's surface to collect data.

NASA, which has installed equipment on Beresheet to upload its signals from the moon, says it is inviting private sector bids to build and launch the USA probes. It is scheduled to land on the moon a week after it is supposed to be "trapped" in the moon's orbit.

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