Once on the Moon, Beresheet will shoot images and video of the surface, in addition to study the magnetic field of its landing place — a region called Mare Serenitatis, or the Sea of Serenity. About demonstrating what could be done with money, but the landing of SpaceIL is less about science and more. The budget of the team was only $90 million, $2 million of that came from government resources. A successful lunar landing is going to be a big step ahead for the private space business, and it will also make Israel the fourth state to land on the Moon, following the United States, Russia, and China. SpaceIL can also be poised to get a bonus $1 million prize from the X Prize Foundation when its landing is powerful.
Since that time, the lander has been refining its route becoming closer to the lunar surface. It’s ready to take itself out of orbit and reach the ground. The mission team will send a collection of orders to Beresheet to begin the landing process, which should begin 3:05 PM ET around. Its main engine will ignite again, slowing down itself . At around 16 ft or so over the surface, Beresheet’s engine will shut off and it will free fall to the surface. The touchdown is famous for around 3:25PM ET.
The lander on the way to the Moon this afternoon is called Beresheet, and it was created by an firm called SpaceIL. The lander periodically burned its engine in space, daddy to reach the Moon and stretching its orbit out further. Last week, the lander burned its engine near the lunar surface, slowing down enough so it entered the Moon’s orbit.
The mission team plans to provide live coverage of the landing starting at 2:45PM ET, with opinions from the control area and hopefully some shots in the Moon. Check back then to see what might be a historic lunar landing.
An Israeli nonprofit will attempt to land a tiny robotic spacecraft today. If successful, it is going to be the first lunar landing for Israel, also the very first time a vehicle funded by private cash has touched down on the Moon’s surface.