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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft enters lunar orbit and prepares for landing

Beresheet, Israel’s privately funded, engineered, and launched mission to the Moon’s surface, has successfully entered lunar orbit after a month and a half in transit. The craft will now adjust its orbit in preparation for landing on April 11.
The craft was launched on February 21 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9, accelerating towards the moon in an ever-widening Earth orbit. In a testament to the exactitude of the engineers at SpaceIL, the organization that created the craft, Beresheet finished its burn and entered an elliptical lunar orbit within 9 minutes of the time it was predicted to do so before launch. That’s some rocket science!


Moon capture! ??
Critical lunar orbit capture took place successfully. #Beresheet is now entering an elliptical course around the #moon, as we get closer to the historical landing #11.4.? Eliran Avital #Israeltothemoon @ILSpaceAgency #spaceil pic.twitter.com/1dYEezTrS8
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 4, 2019
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