Israeli Israeli crew's gray space ship successfully completed its first movement towards the moon around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, after revealing from a laptop and completing its proposed orbit of Earth.
The set of planned movements is aimed at leading the craft to ultimately the moon when it overlaps the Earth.
After two months, the art, whose English name translates into Genesis – goes to land on the moon in the plain Mare Tranquillitatis (also known as the Tranquility Sea), on April 11th.
Scientists and technical staff were informed at Aerospace Israeli's headquarters for the high sensitivity of the spacecraft towards sunbeds in the star trackers on board, but they are hopeful that this issue can be resolved on the way to; r moon.
Today's movement towards the moon took into account those problems identified by star tracking systems and scientists decided to move on with the mission.
Beresheet, who moved on from mission control, turned his engine for the first time and successfully moved to the moon just 69,400 km from Earth's face. The spacecraft during this movement will at some time fall within 600 kilometers of the Earth's surface as it prepares for its next move on the Monday Picture plan.
Israel first stepped to the moon late Thursday night, as the spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral coast, in a mission that, if successful, will set the Jewish state into a unique club of nations which can land on the surface of the picture.
If successful, the landing on the moon will make Israel the fourth country in the world to land on the surface of the picture, after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China. This is the first space capsule of this type to land on the moon in a private enterprise, rather than a government-funded initiative.
The project has been led by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries and has been doing it for several years.
"Eight years ago, we ventured on this journey that is now near completion … I can not exceed this gift to the people of Israel," said SpaceIL's president and funder most, Morris Kahn. Other donations came from Dr. Miriam from Sheldon Adelson, Ministry of Science and Technology, the ISA, Weizmann and various other private individuals.
IAI CEO Nimrod Sheffer, the joint team of SpaceIL and IAI who worked tirelessly to complete the project, for their professionalism, determination, faith and error. your hymn.
The spacecraft is such a craft by weight – measuring just 1.5 m. by 2 m. at 600 kg. (about 1,300 pounds) and cost only $ 100 million – compared to more expensive and more expensive projects.
"For many months, our teams and IAI were involved in spacecraft testing and systems, carrying out complex experiments and preparing for every potential situation of the mission," said Chief Officer Operational SpaceIL, Ido Antebi.
The spacecraft will ever cross the longest distance to the moon – about 6.5 million km. (about 4 million miles) before it's over. Beresheet will be blocked by space up to 10 km speeds. per second (36,000 km / hour).
Earlier this week, President Reuven Rivlin noted not only that this is a national and historical achievement, it also aims to inspire young Israeli to study STEM-related areas and follow their dreams of traveling on le.
In addition, the craft has a "time capsule" of hundreds of digitized files on a disk, which includes pictures by Israeli children, the Bible, the national anthem, prayers, Israeli songs and a state map Israel, among other cultural items.
Yafit Ovadia contributed to this report.
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