Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Set To Make Historic Landing On Moon After Launch From Cape Canaveral

By  //  April 11, 2019

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Beresheet spacecraft launched from cape canaveral on Feb. 21

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX Launched First Rocket of 2019 (Feb. 21) From Cape Canaveral carrying the Beresheet Spacecraft.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is set to make its historic Moon landing Thursday.

The landing will be the first private mission to reach the Moon. Beresheet, which is the Hebrew word for “beginning,” was jointly developed by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

The unmanned spacecraft will also allow Israel to join a select group of nations. Only three countries – the U.S., the Soviet Union and China – have made successful ‘soft landings’ on the lunar surface.

“After years of planning and preparations, Israel is finally set to land on the moon,” said SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries in a statement Thursday. After a successful maneuver to lower the spacecraft’s altitude on Wednesday, the organizations are making the final preparations to land the probe on the lunar surface. “SpaceIL and IAI have been working all night on last calculations,” they explained in the statement.

The landing process is expected to start at 3:05 p.m. ET, with Beresheet expected to touch down on the Moon at 3:25 p.m. ET.

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An artist’s impression of the Beresheet spacecraft on the lunar surface. (SpaceIL Image)

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