Israeli spacecraft

Far side of the moon by Beresheet, April 10, 2019
Israel's Beresheet set to make history, land on moon today

Only three countries have completed the formidable task of landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface - the United States, Russia and China.

11/04/2019
Capturing the moon – Beresheet gears up to escape Earth’s gravity

The nation holds its breath as Beresheet is meant to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull on Thursday, will the April 11 celebrations be held or will it melt near the sun?

Sunrise photo from Beresheet spacecraft
Wanna see the sunrise from space? Beresheet has the video

The spacecraft is in its largest elliptical orbit around the earth and is scheduled to intersect the moon’s orbit and be captured in it on April 4 at 251,655 miles from earth.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/03/2019
Beresheet completes another successful maneuver en route to Moon

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries engineers completed the maneuver at 3:11 p.m. local time.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel’s first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is prepared
To the Moon

Tiny Israel is again in the news, this time for something remarkable for any nation.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly with Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly talks biology, chemistry, physics and space

"Day one of a year in space, and I’m thinking to myself, man, this is a stupid thing to be doing. You can’t get away, you can’t call an Uber."

The Arava kindergarten of Ariel children get ready to fly to the moon
The Arava kindergarten of Ariel flies to the moon

The children of the Arava kindergarten suggested that they too can build a spacecraft to send to the moon.

The Space IL lunar spacecraft 'Beresheet'
Moon walk

“The spacecraft project will enable every Israeli, but especially future generations, to understand that even the citizens of a small country may and should dream big."

arrow missile launch up close
First Israeli lunar spacecraft on its way towards launch

This week the spacecraft underwent temperature and pressure testing to make sure the spacecraft can hold up when launched into orbit.

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