Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon

Tue, 2019-03-05 19:16

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: An Israeli spacecraft has taken the
ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon.
Organizers for the privately funded mission released the photo
Tuesday, 1 ½ weeks after its launch. 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. Australia easily stands out. A plaque reads:
“Small Country, Big Dreams” and “The people of Israel
The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. It rocketed
from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 21 and has been circling
Earth in ever bigger loops.
Despite some early problems, Beresheet should be close enough to
enter lunar orbit in early April. A touchdown would make Israel the
fourth country to pull off a moon landing.

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Israeli spacecraft snaps ultimate selfie on way to moon