Israel’s first spacecraft to moon sends selfie

Israel’s first spacecraft to moon sends selfie to earth

Israel’s first spacecraft to moon sends selfie to earth

An Israeli spacecraft on Tuesday sent its first selfie from its mission to the moon back to its control room in Yehud, AFP reported.

The image was taken as the spacecraft slowly orbits the Earth for the next month or so, before it will be pulled by the gravitational force of the Moon and the landing process will begin.

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In addition to the Israeli flag, the plaque bears the Hebrew caption "Am Yisrael Chai" - the people of Israel live - a rallying cry used to symbolize Jewish perseverance in the face of persecution.

CTech - Israeli spacecraft Beresheet just posted a selfie, 37,600 kilometers away from earth.

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The four-legged Beresheet, barely the size of a washing machine, will circle Earth in ever bigger loops until it's captured by lunar gravity and goes into orbit around the moon instead.

The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11.

Beresheet, Israel's first unmanned rocket to the moon, may still have a long voyage ahead of it, but it's already taking selfies of it's journey. Apart from landing on the moon, the spacecraft is also expected to measure the lunar magnetic field, which will help scientists understand the moon's formation.

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

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