EARTH, from the point of view of Beresheet.
(Photo credit: SPACEIL)
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The Beresheet spacecraft continues to launch stunning images from space, as it successfully completed another maneuver on Monday. Launched from Florida in February, the unmanned aircraft built by Israel is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11.
The engineering team of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries said they performed the maneuver remotely, which started and started the engines of the spacecraft for 72 seconds.
"The teams are evaluating the results of the maneuver to determine if another alignment maneuver will be necessary before heading towards the moon," they announced.
Monday's move was in preparation for the "Moon Catch", a complicated maneuver in which Beresheet will enter the moon's gravity and orbit it before landing. During the last weeks he has been orbiting the earth.
The engineering team, located in Yehuda, in the center of Israel, took a rare photograph of the earth from approximately 10,000 miles away, the closest it will be to the earth before embarking on the next part of its journey.
Beresheet, which bears the name of the Hebrew word for the book of Genesis, is the smallest of these crafts by weight: it measures only 1.5 m. for 2m. to 600 kg. (around 1,300 pounds). The private-funded initiate costs $ 100 million, which is significantly less expensive compared to other deep space projects.
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