Nearly two months after the initial launch, an Israeli ship entered the orbit of the Moon and will attempt to land on its surface.
If everything works well, Israel will have made history by achieving the first lunar landing of a private company, Business Insider reported. This would also make Israel the fourth country to have a spaceship that survives the attempt to have an object on the Moon.
Called Beresheet (In Hebrew for "Genesis"), the module was launched on a SpaceX rocket on February 21. Since then, the rover has accelerated to a gradual pace toward the moon, and has even spent time taking a selfie. SpaceIL, a non-profit group based at Tel Aviv University, has been developing the spacecraft since 2011 with a budget of around $ 100 million mostly private donors.
SpaceIL anticipates that Beresheet will land on the Moon sometime between 3 and 4 PM EDT on Thursday, April 11, Business Insider reported.
"This joint mission of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be broadcast live by satellite for a group feed and will be broadcast live with access to all media," SpaceIL wrote in a statement. The broadcast will also take viewers to the mission control center in Yehud, Israel.
See below a live broadcast of this historic event:
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This story "LOOK NOW: Israel Moon Lander Beresheet Touches Down" was written by Adrianna Chaviva Freedman.