An Israeli spaceship on its maiden mission to the moon has sent its first selfie back to Earth, Heads of Mission said Tuesday.
The image showing part of the Beresheet probe with Earth in the background was beamed in Yehud, Israel, at a distance of 37,600 kilometers (23,360 miles), the project's main partners said in a statement.
Partners, NGO, SpaceIL, and state-run Israel Aerospace Industries launched 22 February, unmanned Beresheet – Hebrew for Genesis – from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The 585-pound aircraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket American company SpaceX of entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The trip is scheduled to take seven weeks, the Beresheet is scheduled to land on April 11th.
So far, only Russia, the United States and China have made the company 384,000 kilometers (239,000 miles) journey and landed on the moon.
The Israeli mission is in the midst of a renewed global interest in the moon, fifty years after American astronauts had run on their surface for the first time.
made the first gentle landing on th The other side of the moon on January 3, after a probe sent by Beijing had completed a moon landing in 2013 elsewhere.
For Israel, the landing itself is the main mission, but the spacecraft also possesses a scientific instrument for measuring the moon's magnetic field, which will contribute to understanding the formation of the moon.
It also contains a "time capsule" containing digital files containing a Bible, children's drawings, Israeli songs, memories of a Holocaust survivor, and the blue and white Israeli flag.
After China earlier this year and now Israel, India hopes to become the fifth lunar country in the spring with its Chandrayaan 2 mission. The goal is to bring a vehicle with a rover to the lunar surface to collect data.
Japan plans to send a small lunar explorer named SLIM to investigate a volcanic area around 2020-2021.
Those who have not been back on the moon since 1972 are the official policies of NASA, following the policies of President Donald Trump in 2017. NASA has installed Beresheet's equipment to upload its signals from the Moon, saying it calls on private sector offerings to build and launch US probes.
The US Space Agency plans to build a small space station called the Gateway in the Moon's orbit by 2026, and plans a manned mission to Mars in Mars next decade.
Israel's first moon mission starts in Florida