Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Tuesday released a selfie taken by the Israeli spacecraft "Beresheet" (Genesis), which is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11. The picture, taken during a slow orbit, also includes a board attached to the spacecraft with the Israeli flag and the words in Hebrew "Am Israel Chai", the people of Israel lives and Small Country Big Dreams.

Meanwhile, Australia is clearly visible on Earth's Southern Hemisphere.

Ground control activated the spacecraft's main engine for four minutes, putting it into a new orbit that takes it to a distance of 131,000 kilometers from earth.

An artist's rendition of the Beresheet spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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The photo comes after the moon-bound craft successfully carried out a key maneuver Thursday night, following a worrisome computer glitch earlier last week.

Beresheet is Israel's first major space exploration programme and a successful touchdown on the Earth's satellite would be a first for a privately-funded initiative, because all past Moon landings were paid for by nation states.

Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral on February 22 at 3:45 am.

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