Private Mission Enters Lunar Orbit

Artist’s conception of Beresheet on the lunar surface: Image from SpaceIL

Artist’s conception of Beresheet on the lunar surface: Image from SpaceIL

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft has entered lunar orbit – mazel tov! This makes Israel only the 6th nation to do so. The elliptical orbit, with a closest approach of 310 miles, will be brief and will culminate on April 11, in an attempt to land gently on the Moon. The spacecraft was built by a privately funded corporation, SpaceIL, and is the first such company to place a craft in lunar orbit which makes it the first private funded spacecraft to enter orbit. The lander is intended as a proof of concept, but it does include a scientific package designed to measure the local magnetic field. READ MORE

 

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