Israeli spacecraft Genesis sends remarkable photos of far side of the moon

Katie Ramirez
April 11, 2019

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

Beresheet will also be the first privately-owned object to land on the Lunar surface, but carries a scientific payload that will measure the Moon's magnetic field that should help scientists understand how the Moon was originally formed.

With four days left until the April 11 landing date, SpaceIL's engineers are attempting a series of maneuvers to transform Beresheet's elliptical orbit into a circular orbit 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the surface of the moon.

"The lunar capture is a historic event in and of itself - but it also joins Israel in a seven-nation club that has entered the Moon's orbit", SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn told Agence-France Presse. Therein is encouragement for the next generation of Israeli (and non-Israeli alike) children to head for the stars.

Beresheet is the smallest spacecraft ever to be sent to the moon. Till now, Russia, US and China had successfully landed its lander on the moon.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will now fly on Wednesday, hopefully
The Falcon Heavy, which features three Falcon 9 first-stage boosters joined together, had its debut launch in February 2018. The reinforced center booster will again attempt an ocean landing on the drone ship, where there is more margin for error.

A tweep enquires about whether the view gave the mission team any information about life on the Moon, prompting an interesting no-comment response from them. SpaceIL built Beresheet, a nonprofit in Israel, which is the 1 privately financed venture for sending a spacecraft into orbit so away from our planet Earth.$20 million Google Lunar X Prize was originally aimed by SpaceIL as the 1 isolated robotic craft to set down the moon, but past year the deadline was passed.

The washing-machine sized spacecraft is set to land on the moon on Thursday.

Genesis is scheduled to land on the moon at about 11 p.m. Israel time on April 11 (4 p.m, EDT).

Beresheet conducted a successful maneuver this evening as the main engine was activated for 4 minutes. SpaceIL was not deterred! The others lost control and crashed on the moon's surface.

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