#IsraelToTheMoon – Beresheet takes a selfie 131,000 km from Earth
JUST IN: Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft Beresheet takes a selfie 131,000 km from Earth.
In addition, Beresheet captured breathtaking footage of a sunrise effect, created as the Sun’s light suddenly appears from behind the Earth.
Right now, a backup copy of humanity’s collective knowledge is on its way to the surface of the Moon.
If Israel’s spacecraft venture proceeds as planned, it would become the fourth country after Russia, the US, and China, — and by far the smallest — country to do so.
It would also become the first private enterprise to make a controlled landing on the moon, with the smallest spacecraft to do it, and by far the least expensive mission.
The spacecraft—called “Beresheet,” a reference to the first words of the Bible in Hebrew: “In the beginning…”—will reach the moon on April 11 at the Sea of Serenity, from where it will send back images of the rocky surface and conduct experiments on the lunar magnetic field.
Its first task, however, will be to plant an Israeli flag on the moon.
Beresheet is carrying the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Israeli flag, images of historic Israeli milestones and a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-sized metal disc.