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Israel's Beresheet enters lunar orbit, becomes 7th nation to achieve feat

11 April 2019, 01:03 | Edward Lowe

Israel's Beresheet enters lunar orbit, becomes 7th nation to achieve feat

Israel's Beresheet enters lunar orbit, becomes 7th nation to achieve feat

You might remember the name SpaceIL from its participation in the Google Lunar X Prize* contest in 2011.

"The lunar capture is an historic event in and of itself - but it also joins Israel in a seven-nation club that has entered the moon's orbit", Morris Kahn, the founder of SpaceIL, said in a statement.

The surface of the moon as captured by the Israeli spacecraft "Beresheet" with the Earth in the background. Recently, Beresheet and moon passed close enough to each other with the gravity of the moon.

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SpaceIL developed Bereshit in collaboration with Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI).

Above you'll see a broadcast from mission control at the IAI, below you'll see a promotional video for the program. Till now, Russia, US and China had successfully landed its lander on the moon. It's expected that they will land on the moon on April 11th, 2019.

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has successfully performed its first maneuver around the moon on Sunday morning, Beresheet's developer, Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL, announced Sunday.

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The spacecraft is aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector Moon landing, and the first from Israel. It is roughly the size of a washing machine, reaching a height of 1.5 meters, about two meters in width, and weighing just 600 kilograms.

Beresheet conducted a successful maneuver this evening as the main engine was activated for 4 minutes. Together with four other teams - Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Teamindus, and Hakuto - SpaceIL raced to develop low-priced methods of robotic space exploration.

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