Cue up Pink Floyd. Israel is making history with its privately funded, which hopes to set a lander down in the Sea of Serenity next week. But first it's getting a eyeful of the side of the moon we can't see from Earth.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in February and traveling over 3.4 million miles (5.5 million kilometers) along its journey.around the moon on Thursday after launching on a
Beresheet snapped these scenic images of the far side of the moon during the lunar capture maneuver.
One of the images gives us a good look at the moon's pockmarked surface. The other features an Earth photobomb as our planet glows in the distance.
Beresheet is on track to land on the moon on April 11. According to a SpaceIL release, the spacecraft "will conduct a series of intense maneuvers" over the next week in preparation for the landing.
If the touchdown is successful, then SpaceIL will be the first private, nongovernment group to place a lander on the surface of the moon.