Beresheet preparing for lunar landing

Beresheet preparing for lunar landing

Beresheet preparing for lunar landing

The spacecraft is expected to land on the moon on April 11.

The maneuver reduced Beresheet's apolune-the point at which a spacecraft in orbit is farthest from the moon-from 10,400 kilometers from the moon to 750 kilometers.

After entering lunar orbit last week, Israeli spacecraft Beresheet on Monday morning successfully performed another maneuver as it entered ever-tighter orbits around the moon, before attempting to land on April 11 in the Sea of Serenity. One of the photos shows the Moon with the Earth in the background, while the rest just the heavily cratered surface of the rock. The privately funded SpaceIL spacecraft is now orbiting our lunar neighbor and making preparations to attempt a soft landing Thursday.

The moon is in reach for Israel's Beresheet mission.

"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. The name בראשית is prounounced "beresheet" and is roughly translated from Hebrew to English to mean "Genesis" - aka the beginning.

"There is a significant chance we have a crash landing", said Opher Doron, the space division general manager at Israel Aerospace Industries. It's expected that they will land on the moon on April 11th, 2019.

It took about nine minutes for eight engines to slowly maneuver the spacecraft in the right direction, and a little less than six minutes for the engines to slow the spacecraft down to the correct speed.

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