Only 7 countries reached the moon, and only 3 were able to make a soft landing: the USSR, the US & in 2013, China… usually by the way, not on its first attempt.
— Astronaut Buzz Aldrin: “Your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!”
By Ryan Jones
Israel’s lunar lander Beresheet almost made to the moon’s surface in one piece. But, despite a malfunction in the final moments that resulted in a crash landing, SpaceIL and all those involved in the project undoubtedly made history.
More importantly, they succeeded in inspiring a generation, and proving to the world that space exploration can be done much more inexpensively than in the past, opening the door for the private sector and academia to take the lead. Continue Reading »
The engineering teams of SpaceIL & IAI successfully performed their first maneuver around the moon, taking more photos of the far side from 550 km from the moon and 2500 km from the moon.
By Yoni Kempinski
On Sunday morning at 04:36, the engineering team of SpaceIL and IAI, successfully performed the first maneuver around the moon.
During the maneuver, Beresheet’s engines operated for about 271 seconds and the amount of fuel burned was approximately 55 kg.
Beresheet’s image of the Earth & moon. – Photo: SpaceIL, Instagram
In this maneuver, all the engines operated at the same time to slow the spacecraft with maximum thrust to date. Continue Reading »
From 37,600 km (20k miles) from Earth, Beresheet’s first photograph shows the Southern Hemisphere, as Australia can clearly be seen in the background, and attached plaque in the foreground with “Am Yisrael Chai” written in Hebrew (meaning: long live the Nation of Israel).
BY YAFIT OVADIA
The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, which was launched off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, two weeks ago on its way to a planned Moon landing next month, took its first selfie in space. The selfie – which was taken some 37,600 km. (20,000 miles) away from Earth – shows the Southern Hemisphere, and Australia can clearly be seen in the background. Continue Reading »
If launch is successful , Israel will be the 4th country to land on the Moon, after the U.S.,former USSR and China.
– Due to Israeli technology, the spacecraft is the smallest such craft by weight and least expensive.
By YAFIT OVADIA
Israel will take its first step to the moon late Thursday night, as the lunar spacecraft Beresheet launches from the coast of Cape Canaveral, in a mission that, if successful, will place the Jewish state in an exclusive club of nations capable of landing on the lunar surface.
Beresheet – Genesis in English – will be launched at 3:45 a.m. Continue Reading »
If Thursday’s launch of Israel’s Genesis spacecraft is successful, Israel will become the 4th country to land on the moon.
• Genesis technology makes it the lightest, least expensive craft to venture to the moon.
By Ilan Gattegno, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.
SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft – dubbed “Beresheet” (Genesis) – is scheduled to take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon. Continue Reading »