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JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli starship Beresheet has sent home a sunrise video from the spacecraft's perspective before entering the Moon's orbit.
The Beresheet camera also took a few selfie pictures of Earth from 81,400 miles and nearly 165,000 miles away. A short selfie video was also sent.
The spacecraft is in its largest elliptical orbit around Earth, and is scheduled to capture the Moon's orbit on April 4 at a distance of 251.655 miles from Earth.
The Lunar Lander is expected to land on the lunar surface. On April 11, the landing site was identified as the northeastern portion of Mare Serenitatis or the Sea of Serenity, a flat surface on the lunar surface.
The Beresheet probe is a joint venture between private companies SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries and continues to communicate with Israel Aerospace Industries and SpaceIL's control room in Yehud, central Israel.
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