"'...and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.' And it was so." (Genesis 1:15)
As Israel's Beresheet (meaning "Genesis" in Hebrew) lunar spacecraft makes its way toward the moon, it took a selfie from space. Arutz Sheva tells us about the lunar lander's progress thus far:
At a distance of 37,600 km from Earth, Beresheet’s selfie camera took a picture of Earth.
Australia can be clearly seen in the picture.
The photo was taken during a slow spin of the spacecraft.
In it, one can see for the first time the plaque installed on the spacecraft with the Israeli flag and the inscriptions "Am Israel Hai" (the nation of Israel lives - ed.) and "Small country Big dreams."
Science Minister Ofir Akunis commented, "Despite the small size of the Beresheet spacecraft, it brings us great pride."
"The spacecraft is a testament to Israel's strength and technological power, and its successes also convey an important educational message for the children of Israel: You may and must dream big..."