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Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft sends first selfie from 37,6000 km away

Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft sends first selfie from 37,6000 km away

The image showing part of the Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Yehud, Israel - 37,600 kilometers (23,360 miles) away, the project's lead partners said in a statement.

Beresheet will remain in orbit until March 20, when it is planned to reach lunar capture orbit and eventually land on the moon's Sea of Serenity on April 11.

The Beresheet spacecraft has a scientific instrument on board to measure the lunar magnetic field to aid it in its understanding of the moon's formation.

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Also seen in the photo is a plaque installed on the spacecraft with the Israeli flag and inscriptions which read "Am Yisrael Chai" (the nation of Israel lives) and "Small Country, Big Dreams". The U.S.is the only country to send humans to the moon with 12 men walking on its surface during the Apollo missions between 1969-1972.

"Despite the small size of the spacecraft Beresheet, it brings us great joy". The photo was made possible due to the process of a slow spin of the spacecraft, before it will be pulled by the gravitational force of the Moon and the landing process is to begin.

The lander is the brainchild of three Israeli engineers running a nonprofit company SpaceIL partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries. Japan, the European Space Agency and India have all crash-landed probes on the moon.


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