First Beresheet pictures from the far side of the moon

April 6, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israel’s historic spacecraft, Beresheet has entered lunar orbit on its journey to the moon.

A picture taken by Beresheet – the far side of the moon during the maneuver at a height of 470 km from the moon. (Photo credit: Eliran Avital)

The craft is on an “excellent” track, according to overnight data from the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineering teams at their control room in Yehud, Israel.

During its lunar orbit, Beresheet will be at its nearest point to the moon (perilune) at 470 km (292 miles) from the lunar surface, and the farthest from the moon (apolune) at 10,400 km (6,462 miles).
Beresheet is scheduled to land on the moon at about 11 p.m. Israel time on April 11 – though a more definite time will be announced in the next few days. During the coming week, SpaceIL and IAI will conduct a series of intense maneuvers with the spacecraft in preparation for the landing.

A picture of the far side of the moon with Earth in the background- also at 470 km from the moon.
(Photo credit: Eliran Avital)

Yesterday, during the critical Lunar Capture maneuver, when the spacecraft entered the moon’s orbit from the Earth’s orbit, Beresheet provided dramatic pictures of the moon while activating its engines.

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  1. ijmeyer says:

    Thank you ever so for you post.Much thanks again.

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