After a perfect launch and a few hiccups on the first leg of its journey, thetook a selfie to show how far it’s come.
The history-making lunar lander actually began its journey with theand hopes to complete the first privately funded mission to the moon’s surface. It took the above photo at a distance of 37,600 kilometers (23,363.5 miles) from Earth and sent it back to a control room in Yehud, Israel.
Beresheet is currently performing a number of Earth orbits that will grow increasingly elliptical until the washing machine-size spacecraft transitions to a lunar orbit in preparation for a landing attempt in April.
A computer issue caused theone of its burns, but it was successfully carried out a few days later. Mission engineers say Beresheet remains on track to make it to the moon. If it goes the distance, we should expect a lot more imagery.
The first selfie with Earth photobombing in the background also captures a plaque installed on Beresheet with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions “Am Yisrael Chai” (which basically means “the nation of Israel lives”) and “Small Country, Big Dreams.”