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Israel's first moon-bound spacecraft snaps the ultimate selfie

Israel's first moon-bound spacecraft snaps the ultimate selfie”

An Israeli spacecraft has taken the ultimate selfie on its roundabout journey to the moon.

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

If successful, Beresheet will make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from Israel.

Beresheet launched from Cape Canaveral last month and is expected to land on the moon April 11. The U.S.is the only country to send humans to the moon with 12 men walking on its surface during the Apollo missions between 1969-1972.

"Privately Funded Israeli Spacecraft Heads Toward Lunar Landing" is part of Aviation Week & Space Technology's subscription package.

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 Beresheet also carries with it a "time capsule" which includes digital files of a Bible, Israeli songs, the Isreali flag, children's drawings and memories of a Holocaust survivor.

Japan plans to send a small lunar lander, called SLIM, to study a volcanic area around 2020-2021.

The project originally launched as an effort to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which called for building, launching and landing an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.



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