Israel’s first spacecraft to the moon takes a selfie with the Earth
While on its way to the moon, Israel's spacecraft takes selfies
This image has been taken by Israeli lunar spacecraft, Beresheet. According to a tweet by "Israel to the Moon", the official Twitter handle of the Israeli team, the image has been taken at a distance of 37,600km from the Earth.
At a distance of 37,600 km from Earth, #Beresheet’s selfie camera took a picture of #Earth. Australia can be clearly seen! This photo was taken during a slow spin of the #spacecraft & for the first time see the #Israeli flag & text, "am yisrael chai." #IsraelToTheMoon #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/ELFZsaShXg— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) March 5, 2019
To take you back to how the robotic spacecraft reached there, Beresheet was launched by SpaceX on February 21 from Space Launch Complex in Florida. The satellites carried by Falcon 9 delivered the Israeli Beresheet lunar spacecraft into the orbit.
Beresheet is Israel’s first spacecraft and the world’s first privately-funded spacecraft to reach the Moon. The spacecraft will travel to the moon after deployment using its own power. Currently Beresheet is slowly orbiting the Earth, making small adjustments to its trajectory to push it farther towards the Moon’s gravitational pull.
If everything goes as per the plan, the spacecraft is expected to be in the lunar orbit on April 4 and will finally land on the moon's surface on April 11. The successful landing will bring Israel into the list of the few nations that have achieved soft lunar touchdown, including Soviet Union, the United States and China.