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Old February 20th 19, 08:21 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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"A team of Israeli scientists is to launch what will be the first privately funded
mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to collect data from
the lunar surface.

Named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for Genesis, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander
will blast off from Florida at 01.45 GMT on Friday, propelled by one of Elon
Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Once it touches down, in several weeks, it will
measure the magnetic field of the moon to help understand how it formed."

See:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/...d-moon-mission
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Old March 3rd 19, 02:58 AM posted to sci.space.policy
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First Israeli Spacecraft to Moon Had Secret Mission: Take 30-Million-Page Library
Into Space to Preserve Civilization:

"The first Israeli mission to the moon carried a secret cargo, a small metal disk
that contains the building blocks of human civilization in 30 million pages of
information.

The extensive archive has been dubbed the ‘lunar library’ and is meant to act as a
kind of civilization backup for future generations. The DVD-size metal disk
containing the information blasted off to the moon onboard the Beresheet
spacecraft, a privately funded Israeli mission to the moon, facilitated by Elon
Musk's SpaceX aerospace company."

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https://www.newsweek.com/first-israe...ibrary-1348670
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Scientists reveal Beresheet spacecraft lunar landing site:

"A team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science and SpaceIL
engineers have identified the site for Israel's Beresheet spacecraft's lunar
landing.

According to a release disseminated by the Weizmann Institute, the chosen site
was selected by Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute and Prof. Jim
Head of Brown University. It is located in the northeastern part of Mare
Serenitatis, a few hundreds of miles east of the Apollo 15 landing site and a
similar distance northwest from the Apollo 17 site.

Three optional landing sites were identified, too.


The terrain in these locations are composed of material characteristic of
ancient mare surfaces – large, dark basalt plains resulting from long-ago
volcanic eruptions – on which successful landings have been made, explained
Weizmann in the release."

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https://www.jpost.com/Jpost-Tech/Sci...ng-site-583886
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Old April 2nd 19, 09:04 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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Israeli Moon Lander Tweaks Orbit to Prep for Thursday Lunar Arrival:

"Israel's Beresheet lunar lander has almost made it to the moon.

The 5-foot-tall (1.5 meters) Beresheet fired its engines for a little over a
minute early this morning (April 1), altering its trajectory slightly to prepare
for a planned capture into lunar orbit on Thursday (April 4).

If all goes according to plan, the robotic lander will touch down on the moon
one week later, on April 11. That will be a huge milestone. To date, the only
organizations to pull off a soft lunar landing are superpower governments — the
Soviet Union, the United States and China.

Beresheet, meanwhile, is a private effort run by the nonprofit SpaceIL and the
company Israel Aerospace Industries. SpaceIL formed in 2011 to compete in the
Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP), a $30 million competition that asked privately
funded teams to land a spacecraft on the moon and have it perform a few basic
tasks."

See:

https://www.space.com/israel-moon-la...r-arrival.html

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Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Moon Landing Attempt Appears to End in Crash:

"A small spacecraft that has captured the imagination and excitement of people
in Israel and around the world appears to have crashed on the moon.

“We have a failure of the spacecraft,” said Opher Doron, the general manager of
Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division, which collaborated on building the
spacecraft. The mood at the control center was somber but still celebratory..

“Well we didn't make it, but we definitely tried,” said Morris Kahn, an Israeli
telecommunications entrepreneur and president of SpaceIL, the nonprofit that
undertook the mission. “I think we can be proud.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who attended the event at the
mission’s command center in Yehud, Israel, said, “If at first you don’t succeed,
you try again.”"

See:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/s...beresheet.html

 




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