Israeli Moon Probe Snaps First Selfie
On its way to a lunar landing next month, the Beresheet spacecraft beamed back a photo of itself yesterday — with Earth in the background 23,364 miles away. Visible in the shot was a plaque featuring the Israeli flag and two messages: “Long live the nation of Israel” in Hebrew, and “Small Country, Big Dreams” in English. Launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last month, Beresheet is set to enter the moon’s orbit April 4 before landing seven days later.
How historic is Beresheet’s journey? If it’s successful, Israel will become only the fourth country after the Soviet Union, China and the U.S. to complete a soft lunar touchdown.
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