Israeli Lunar Lander Began Its Journey Towards The Moon

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The Moon has fascinated humanity since ancient times, appearing in countless pieces of literature and folklore. Less than a handful of countries were able to reach the Earth’s natural satellite. Now, Israel is going to become the fourth nation to land there as the Israeli lunar lander began its journey towards the Moon.

The USSR landed successfully in 1969. It was the apex point of the Space Race, but the US Apollo 11 mission succeeded in bringing humans to the Moon for the first time only four months later. Earlier this year, China managed to land a spacecraft on the dark side of the Moon, a feat which provided valuable information.

Israeli Lunar Lander Began Its Journey Towards The Moon

Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL aspires to land their spacecraft of the moon, an achievement which would make Israel a member of a select group. The spacecraft, named Beresheet, was launched with the help of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral. The commercial launch also carried an Indonesian communications satellite and a U.S. Air Force satellite.

It is estimated that the journey towards the moon will take approximately two months. Beresheet will first travel around Earth in a circular trajectory and attempt to go towards the moon. The spacecraft is fitted with an instrument which should provide valuable information about the moon’s magnetic field.

If the task is completed, it will mark a new achievement since it will the first moon landing which was organized and funded by a privately funded organization. SpaceIL began its life an aspirant in Google’s Lunar X Prize completion which was launched back in 2010. The initial aim was to land a small probe on the moon. If the project was successful the team planet to use the prize money on a more significant project, but the competition ended without a winner since no one was able to complete the objective before the deadline.

A few issues appeared during the first stages of the project, but the organization hopes that Beresheet will be able to reach the moon by early April.


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