Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Just 2 Days Away From Moon Landing

Mindy Sparks
Апреля 11, 2019

SpaceIL of Israel plans to land its robotic spacecraft, Beresheet, on the Moon on April 11, 2019.

The Beresheet lander, a washing machine-sized craft created by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL, has been traveling in increasingly large circles around Earth for the past six weeks since its launch in February.

"This morning, Monday, 8.4.19 at 07:48, the engineering team of SpaceIL and IAI successfully carried out another maneuver around the moon".

Genesis, Israel's historic spacecraft, which entered lunar orbit on Thursday on its journey to the moon is on an "excellent" track, according to data from the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Beresheet is the smallest spacecraft ever to be sent to the moon.

The spacecraft is aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector Moon landing, and the first from Israel.

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Kahn is expected to speak about the mission and answer questions in an interactive YouTube Live session at 7 pm IST (4.30 pm local time in Israel).

The size of a dishwasher, the Israeli lander will be used as a platform for several experiments on the Moon, including ones meant to reveal Lunar magnetism.

Beresheet conducted a successful maneuver this evening as the main engine was activated for 4 minutes.

Beresheet is slated to touchdown on the moon on April 11. They moved the original date forward to 31 March 2018, but no group accomplished the original goal.

The United States, Russia (as the USSR), Japan, China, the European Space Agency and India have all made visits to the moon via probes, though only the US, Russia and China have successfully landed on the moon; other probes crashed-landed on the surface.

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