#IsraelToTheMoon: Beresheet took some amazing photos of the far side of the Moon

“Beresheet is in an excellent orbit!” SpaceIL tweeted Friday morning adding that the Israeli spacecraft took pictures of the moon’s surface from a distance of only 470 km, 6 days before it will land on it.

IsraelToTheMoon Beresheet took some amazing photos of the far side of the Moon (2)

A: The far side of the moon during the maneuver at 470 km Hight.

IsraelToTheMoon Beresheet took some amazing photos of the far side of the Moon

B: The far side of the moon with Earth in the background

Yesterday at 5:15 p.m. Israel time Beresheet passed its most crucial test yet when it dropped into lunar orbit one week ahead of landing.

“This was a milestone and it actually gives us a real shot at the moon,” said Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit that built the spacecraft.

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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.

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