An Israeli Spacecraft Took A Selfie With Earth On Its Way To The Moon
The spacecraft is shooting for a moon landing April 11. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 21 and has been circling Earth in even bigger loops.
Three U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station said Monday that they're ready to sign up for a trip to the moon if NASA can meet the Trump administration's newly stated goal of returning Americans to the lunar surface within the next five years. An explosion cripples Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon; President Thomas Jefferson born; Pope John Paul II visits a synagogue; Actor Sydney Poitier achieves an Oscar milestone; Golfer Tiger Woods wins the Masters for the first time. (April 13) An Israeli spacecraft has failed in its attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission. The SpaceIL spacecraft lost contact with Earth late Thursday, just moments before it was to land on the moon, and scientists declared the mission a failure. Watch their announcement here. An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX. (Feb. 22)