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Israeli spacecraft snaps out-of-this-world selfie during moon voyage

Shalom from space! An Israeli spacecraft snapped a photo of itself from 23,000 miles above Earth on Tuesday as it orbits the planet ahead of its planned trip to the moon. Beresheet — which means “Genesis” in Hebrew — lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida two weeks ago atop a used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. In the photo taken during a slow spin of the 1,300-pound spacecraft, the Israeli flag with the Star of David is seen along with the inscription in English, “Small Country, Big Dreams.” The plaque also contains the Hebrew phrase “Am Israel Chai,” which translates to, “The nation of Israel lives.” Meanwhile, Australia is clearly visible on Earth’s Southern Hemisphere. “The selfie of the spacecraft is proof of ...