The Israeli Beresheet spacecraft selfie camera continues to click while the satellite performs its largest elliptical orbit around the earth before a planned moon landing on April 11.
On Sunday, SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries engineers released a series of photos of Beresheet's camera, including a selfie with Earth 265,000 kilometers above the surface of the planet and a video of sunrise in space.
The four-legged beresheet, about the size of a small car, circles the earth in ever-increasing elliptical loops until it moves into the orbit of the moon.
It is currently in the final loop around Earth, which will last until April 4th. For April 1
Apart from a few minor glitches with an unexpected system reset and some issues With the star navigation system, the spacecraft is on schedule for landing.
Also on Sunday, the engineers released images of Beresheet landing gear, which were in use. The spaceship has four landing legs that will land on the lunar surface.
Last week, Beresheet's engine was activated for 60 seconds and placed in a new orbit that is up to 405,000 kilometers from Earth.
Beresheet, which means "Genesis" in Hebrew, was lifted off Cape Canaveral on February 22 on a Falcon 9 rocket by entrepreneur Elon Musk from private US company SpaceX
photo taken with his "selfie camera "where the Israeli flag is 37,600 kilometers above the earth.
A commemorative plaque on the outside of the Lunar Module vehicle shows the Israeli national flag and the words "Am Yisrael Chai" (people living in Israel) and "Small Country, Big Dreams."
The NIS 370 milli Beresheet Spacecraft is a joint venture between private companies SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, Funded almost entirely by private donations from reputable Jewish philanthropists, the project kicked off as Israel's accession to the Google LunarX challenge for nongovernmental groups to land a spacecraft on the moon, Google ended the 2018 winners without a winner, but the Israeli team decided it would not To continue efforts privately.
With Beresheet hopes Israel, as the fourth country of the World after US Russia to land a spaceship on the moon and China.
If successful, Beresheet will make history twice: as the first private landing on the Moon and as the first plane from Israel to reach orb.
When Beresheet successfully lands on April 11, spacecraft are expected to conduct experiments for two or three days, collecting data on the magnetic fields of the moon before shutting down. There, all 160 kilograms of the lunar lander may remain on the lunar surface for eternity and join in approximately 181,000 kilograms (400,000 pounds at earth weight) of artificial debris strewn across the surface of the moon.
The distance Between Earth and Moon is about 384,000 kilometers (240,000 miles). Beresheet's elliptical route, which saves fuel through the use of gravity, will cover approximately 6.5 million kilometers. The spaceship is on its way to the moon at a speed of about 10 km / s (36,000 km / h) on the way or 13 times faster than the top speed of a F15 fighter jet.