Israeli Spacecraft Took Selfie With Earth En Route to Moon

  • Israeli Spacecraft Took Selfie With Earth En Route to Moon

Israeli Spacecraft Took Selfie With Earth En Route to Moon

An Israeli spacecraft snapped a photo of itself from 23,000 miles above Earth on Tuesday as it orbits the planet ahead of its planned trip to the moon.

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

So far, only Russian Federation, the United States and China have made the 384,000-kilometre (239,000-mile) journey and landed on the moon. 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.

The spacecraft is aiming for a moon landing on April 11. The Beresheet also carries with it a "time capsule" which includes digital files of a Bible, Israeli songs, the Isreali flag, children's drawings and memories of a Holocaust survivor.

If it lands successfully, Israel will become the fourth nation to soft land on the moon following Russian Federation, the US and China.

As for the Americans, who have not been back to the moon since 1972, a return is now the official policy of NASA, according to guidelines issued by President Donald Trump in 2017.

Beresheet missed one of its early maneuvers due to a computer glitch, but it's back on an orbital itinerary that should lead to a landing in a relatively flat area of the moon known as Mare Serenitatis. Japan, the European Space Agency and India have all crash-landed probes on the moon.