Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

24 February, 2019, 19:53 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • An artistic image of SpaceIL's Beresheet lander on the moon's surface

SpaceIL was founded eight years ago to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize, an worldwide competition to see whether a private enterprise could land a spacecraft on the moon, move 500 meters in any direction, and transmit live, high-definition video from the lunar surface. It blasted off from a 32-story-tall rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8.45pm EST (1.45 GMT).

Once it lands on the moon, the spacecraft carrying the Israeli flag will begin taking photographs of the landing site and a selfie to prove that it has indeed landed on the moon. The lander will use a thruster from Norwegian supplier Nammo to reach the moon, and to conduct a 500-meter "hop" to another location on the lunar surface. It will be the first private landing on the moon.

"We thought it's about time for a change, and we want to get little Israel all the way to the moon", said Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of Israel's SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization behind the effort. ARSP.B1) and SpaceIL reported that the spacecraft was in an elliptical orbit en-route to the moon, where it will touch down seven weeks from now on April 11. It's set to be the smallest spacecraft to ever land on the Moon.

After separating from the rocket, the SpaceIL craft, named "Beresheet", Hebrew for Genesis, will travel around Earth in progressively larger orbits, eventually entering the moon's orbit and touching down for a landing there. Indonesia has a communications satellite on board the space probe too, joining the Beresheet lander and one other satellite to make up the payload, according to the Associated Press.

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During its descent, the spacecraft will measure the Moon's magnetic field, potentially revealing new details about iron core deep below, reports The New York Times. But Israel's privately funded lunar lander - a first not just for Israel but commercial space - is generating the buzz. To achieve this, the United States space agency is changing its model and no longer wants to design the missions itself. The "Apollo 8"- Misison of the U.S. space Agency, NASA, launched on the Morning of the 21.

The competition was canceled in January 2018 when none of the five teams left in the competition was able to meet the March deadline for a launch.

"In religion and ethics, science and scholarship, we have long reached for the stars; now we are rightfully reaching the moon". Chang'e 4, as well as the suspended moon vehicle Jadehase 2 to collect data.

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