Israel’s Beresheet lander dropped into lunar orbit, and to celebrate this milestone, SpaceIL’s team released some awesome photos that the spacecraft took of the far side of the Moon.
On April 4, Israel became the seventh nation to successfully orbit the Moon, and on April 11, Beresheet will attempt to achieve a lunar touchdown. There aren’t a lot of details on the new photographs, however, SpaceIL noted that the image of the far side of the Moon was taken from 292 miles above the Moon, while the second picture shows the far side of the Moon with our planet in the background.
#Beresheet is in an excellent orbit! during the critical maneuver yesterday Beresheet took some amazing photos of the far side of the #Moon!
picture A: The far side of the moon during the maneuver at 470 km Hight.
picture B: The far side of the moon with Earth in the background pic.twitter.com/3brI45PuyY
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 5, 2019
Before it orbited the Moon, Beresheet spent nearly six weeks traveling away from Earth. On its journey, it captured a sunrise from space. It also snapped a picture when it passed our planet for the last time, which showed Earth’s round shape (Not flat) and colorful hue in a birds-eye view.
Sunrise Video from #Beresheet ☀️ From the #spacecraft's point of view. In the video, #earth can be seen hiding the #sun & then exiting the same shadow created by the Earth and the sun's exposure. This process creates a kind of sunrise image! #IsraelToTheMoon @ILAerospaceIAI pic.twitter.com/y6IR80oz73
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) March 24, 2019
Yesterday, #Beresheet passed #Earth for the last time at about 1,700 km away. The team succeeded in taking rare photo of earth from approx. 16,000 KM. In the photo: the Arab Peninsula & Southeast Africa. Yesterday’s rain clouds covered #Israel. #IsraelToTheMoon pic.twitter.com/iOb1cGnEnr
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 1, 2019
Beresheet will have a two Earth-Day surface mission on the Moon, where it will study the Moon’s landscape, including its craters and topography, and analyze the Moon’s local magnetic field. Once it’s done, Beresheet will prepare to head back to Earth and end up its lunar mission.