Israeli Spacecraft Takes Off For The Moon

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A rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft.

The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX company of flamboyant entrepreneur Elon Musk.

 

 

The Israeli craft will be placed in Earth orbit, then begin a seven-week trip under its own power to reach the Moon and touch down on April 11 in a large plain.

Other partners are Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s space agency, and the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Matzav.com}

6 COMMENTS

  1. If they’ll wave to us from the moon we’ll believe it. As NASA admitted, “We can’t get there”. Probably meaning via rockets. The only way to shoot up to the moon or mars is with spaceships, technology from aliens.

    • Orbital dynamics.

      Apollo was on a giant rocket, and the inky payload, so it was on a direct path.

      Beresheet is a secondary payload, and the rocket it was on could only drop it into an earth orbit. It has small on board rockets, so it needs to use earth’s gravity to loft it to the moon, by making mulitiple gravity assist orbits.

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