Jun 11, 2014
The 160-kilogram (352 pounds) unmanned four-legged spacecraft will be the smallest (1.5 meters-5 feet wide) and cheapest ($100 million) spacecraft to land on the moon. Beresheet, is the creation of an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL, collaborating with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) and with contribution of ISA (Israel Space Agency) of the Department of Science and Technology.
Beresheet is set to touch down in the Sea of Tranquility on April 11. When it does, Israel will join superpowers U.S., Russia and China in landing a spacecraft on the moon - and their space missions cost in the $billions!
Even NASA has taken interest in this little spacecraft. The space agency is allowing the Israeli team to use its Deep Space Network to communicate with Beresheet in deep space.
The spacecraft is built to withstand extreme environmental conditions during launch, in space, during landing and for its lunar stay. Yet, IAI and SpaceIL engineers noted at the prelaunch press conference that once on the moon, the spacecraft will only function for about two Earth days. In that time, Beresheet will take a selfie, gather imagery of the Moon, and transmit information back to the mission control room in IAI’s space facility in Yehud.
On board, there’s also a time capsule and a nano-Bible microscopically etched on a small metal disc the size of a coin.
Landing a spacecraft on the moon will bring an extraordinary achievement in engineering and the country’s technological capabilities. SpaceIL hopes it will advance and promote science and research.Our thanks to Jacob Richman who created this page... https://jr.co.il/t/beresheet.htm
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|What does it do?||Goes to the moon|
|Where do I get it?||Israel - SpaceIL|