Israel's lunar ship took two of its first images from the other side of the moon while performing one of its most challenging maneuvers so far, leaving Earth's gravitational pull and being captured by lunar gravity.
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One of Beresheet's peripheral cameras, in Hebrew for Genesis, took the photograph at a distance of about 470 kilometers (292 miles) from the face of the moon. The largest craters in the images are more than 4.5 billion years old; The little ones are younger. From one of the photos, the Earth is only visible as a bright orb in the distance.
To complete the maneuver, Beresheet needed to reduce its speed from 8,500 kilometers per hour to 7,500 kilometers. The spacecraft will now circle the moon in diminishing orbits. After that, he will face his next big challenge: Beresheet is expected to land on the moon next week.