New selfie taken by Beresheet at a distance of nearly 38,000 kilometers from earth shows Australia, craft inscriptions, clearly.
At a distance of 37,600 km from Earth, Beresheet’s selfie camera took a picture of Earth.
Australia can be clearly seen in the picture.
The photo was taken during a slow spin of the spacecraft.
In it, one can see for the first time the plaque installed on the spacecraft with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions “Am Israel Hai” (the nation of Israel lives – ed.) and “Small country Big dreams.”
Science Minister Ofir Akunis commented, “Despite the small size of the Beresheet spacecraft, it brings us great pride.”
“The spacecraft is a testament to Israel’s strength and technological power, and its successes also convey an important educational message for the children of Israel: You may and must dream big.
“I am proud of my office’s decision to be a partner in the spacecraft project, a project whose fruits we are beginning to witness.”
Israeli spacecraft snaps Earth ‘selfie’ with flag from 23,000 miles away
Plaque on the side of Beresheet moon lander features phrases ‘Am Yisrael Chai’ and ‘small country, big dreams’
The Beresheet spacecraft on Tuesday sent back a photo taken with its “selfie camera,” in which the Israeli flag can be seen 37,600 kilometers (23,000 miles) above Earth.
A plaque installed on the outside of the lunar lander depicts Israel’s national flag as well as the phrases “Am Yisrael Chai” (the people of Israel live) and “Small country, big dreams.”
The picture was taken during a slow spin of the aircraft, with Australia visible in the background.
The photo comes after the moon-bound craft successfully carried out a key maneuver Thursday night, following a worrisome computer glitch earlier last week.
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. The next maneuver is scheduled for this week.
Beresheet, which means “Genesis” in Hebrew, lifted from Cape Canaveral atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX company of entrepreneur Elon Musk.
If successful, Beresheet will make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from Israel.
The craft has also broken an Israeli speed record, traveling at 10.5 kilometers per second, said Opher Doron, general manager of the space division at Israel Aerospace Industries.
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. Touchdown is planned for April 11 at the Sea of Serenity.
YO ISRAEL! How far do you want to take this? You want to make history?… ;D