The lunar lander Beresheet, Israel's first spacecraft, sent Earth its first images taken from the other side of the moon after successfully establishing a lunar orbit.
In a statement issued Friday morning by SpaceIL, the company that designed and operates Beresheet, the spacecraft is on track to make its scheduled landing on April 11 after a successful maneuver on Thursday.
"After examining the preliminary data received during the Beresheet night by the SpaceIL and IAI engineering team, the control room updates that Beresheet is in an excellent orbit!
"The closest point to the moon (Perilune) is 470 km from the moon and the furthest point from the moon (Apolune) at a distance of 10,400 km.
"The landing is scheduled for April 11 at approximately 23:00, Israeli time; An accurate update will be published in the coming days. During the next week, the intense preparations for maneuvers for the landing will be carried out.
"Yesterday, during the critical maneuver of Lunar Capture, Beresheet photographed incredible photos of the moon while activating the engines."
The images taken by Beresheet were captured while the ship was at an altitude of 470 kilometers (292 miles) from the surface of the moon.
The view of Beresheet from the other side of the moon. EspacioIL