Photo Credit: Beresheet
Beresheet takes first selfie

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Tuesday reported that Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s camera took a selfie photo for the first time, from a distance of 23,363.5 miles from Earth. The spacecraft transmitted the photo to the control room in Yehud, Israel, which is staffed 24/7 by SpaceIL and IAI engineers.

Australia is clearly visible in the photo of Earth, taken during a slow spin of the spacecraft. Also seen is the plaque installed on the spacecraft, with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions “Am Yisrael Chai” and “Small Country, Big Dreams.”