Israeli spacecraft sends selfie from its mission to the moon

Last Updated: Mar 07 2019 13:41
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An Israeli spacecraft on Tuesday sent its first selfie from its mission to the moon back to its control room in Yehud, AFP reported.

The image showing part of the Beresheet spacecraft with Earth in the background was beamed to mission control in Yehud, Israel – 23,360 miles (37,600km) away, the project’s lead partners said.

The partners, NGO SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, launched the unmanned Beresheet — Hebrew for Genesis from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 22.

The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) craft took off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX Company of entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The trip is scheduled to last seven weeks, with the Beresheet due to touch down on April 11.

The Israeli mission comes amid renewed global interest in the moon, 50 years after American astronauts first walked on its surface.

NASA, which has installed equipment on Beresheet to upload its signals from the moon, has invited private sector bids to build and launch the American probes.