Israel moon probe reaches for the stars

Israel moon probe reaches for the stars

Eventually, the orbit will place it close enough to the Moon that it can jump into lunar orbit and then eventually land.

The device is installed on Israel's Beresheet lander, which launched last week and is expected to touch down on the moon in April. Alas, SpaceIL soon discovered that the sun's rays were messing with the craft's star tracker, the system that helps determine its position in the cosmos.

The very first privately funded mission to the Moon is already underway, with the Beresheet spacecraft taking off this past Friday. (43,000 miles) from Earth's surface.

The moon lander, if it successfully lands on the moon, would make Israel the fourth country in the world to make it to the Earth's magnetic neighbor. "Click the link & live-track Israel's journey to the moon on #NASAs galactic radar", the Israel Space Agency tweeted on Wednesday". It cost only $100 million - far less than other larger and more expensive lunar spacecraft.

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Engineers in the control center discovered that during the pre-maneuver phase scheduled for Monday evening, the computer reset unexpectedly and automatically canceled the maneuver, SpaceIL said in a statement. It will take the spacecraft seven weeks to reach the moon.

Thus far, the shuttle has damaged the Israeli velocity report, touring at 10.5 kilometers per second.

Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin noted that not only is this a national and historic achievement, it also aims to inspire young Israelis to study STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and pursue their dreams of space travel.

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