Friday, March 1, 2019

Israel's First Lunar Spacecraft Experiences Technical Difficulties

Artist's rendering of the Beresheet lander on the Moon. Credit: SpaceIL

Beresheet (“Genesis” in English), the Jewish state’s first lunar spacecraft, experienced some technical difficulties on Monday night. A maneuver was planned for the spacecraft, but instead, the maneuver was automatically canceled.

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, the organizations that spearheaded the projects, are currently examining the data to understand what went wrong. The rest of the spacecraft's systems are working well.

Beresheet successfully completed its first maneuver toward the Moon after detaching from its launcher and completing its planned orbit of Earth on Sunday.

The lander will be captured by the Moon's gravitational field when the lander's orbit around the Earth takes it into close enough proximity to the Moon.

After two months, the spacecraft is set to land in the Sea of Serenity on April 11. 

The Beresheet mission includes plans to measure the Moon's local magnetic field to help understand how it formed, and also carries a digital "time capsule".

Beresheet would be the first Israeli spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit and the first private lander on the Moon. Israel would also become the fourth country, after the Soviet Union, United States, and China, to land a spacecraft on the Moon.


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