JERUSALEM – With elections in the rearview mirror, the Israelis are now focusing on the moon.
The Israeli space ship Beresheet or Genesis is scheduled to land on Thursday in Israel on the lunar surface. And the country has Beresheet mania.
Wax parties and celebrations are planned throughout Israel. The main event ̵
Tens of Thousands of Israelis Stayed Until the early hours of the morning to see the launch of the lunar landing craft from Cape Canaveral Florida on February 21 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
This time the hour will be more civilized, with Beresheet expected to land in the northeast, part of the Sea of Serenity, a flat area on the lunar surface, sometime between 22 and 23 o'clock in Israel. A successful landing will make Israel the fourth country – after the Soviet Union, the US, and China – to land a spacecraft on the moon.
Other Israel Space Agency-sponsored touch-down events are planned in Kiryat Shemona, Turkey, Mitzpeh Ramon, Givatayim (suburb of Tel Aviv) and Jerusalem. Lectures and public visits are planned in at least 15 other locations across the country.
For non-Israel members, Space IL, the non-profit organization that established the Beresheet program, will broadcast the landing on their Facebook page and on YouTube as a livestream. 19659004] Last week, SpaceIL sent directly from its control room in Yehud, Israel, when Beresheet successfully entered the lunar orbit of the moon in its last major stage before landing on the moon. This made Israel the seventh country to enter the moon orbit.
The Unmanned The ship's engine was burned for six minutes, and the maneuver, the seventh of the spacecraft, was completed with complete communication between the control room and Beresheet. Since then, several minor engine burns have occurred to properly align the spacecraft and allow for a proper landing.
Beresheet has traveled more than 3.4 million miles in orbits around the Earth and another million around the Moon.
After landing on the moon, the spaceship takes a photo of the landing pad and a selfie to show it is safely attached. It will also measure the magnetic field of the Moon as part of an experiment conducted in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
The spacecraft will leave a time capsule containing a database of hundreds of digital files, ranging from details about the SpaceIL The craft itself and the crew of the project contain national symbols, cultural assets and materials that have been published over the years by the The entire Bible, which is printed on a coin in microscopic text. The spacecraft is not expected to return to Earth.
SpaceIL was formed to participate in Google's Lunar XPrize, a contest to see who could build the first private spacecraft to reach the Moon. Co-founders Yonatan Winetraub, Kfir Damari and Yariv Bash filed their application deadline on December 31, 2010, and went through some failed attempts before building the right vehicle.
The size of a small car is the vehicle It is said that it looks like a washing machine and weighed about 1,300 pounds at launch, most of which was fuel.
The XPrize closed last year without a winner, but on the way SpaceIL got enough money to keep going. It has worked in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries and donors include US billionaire Sheldon Adelson, South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and Canadian-Israeli real estate mogul Sylvan Adams.
The organization also hopes to get kids from Israel excited about science and technology, the so-called Apollo effect, by showing them that space exploration is achievable. His educational programs have already reached more than one million children.
The iCenter, which aims to help educators connect Jewish students with Israel, also has an area dedicated to SpaceIL and Beresheet, including education resources on the Moon Landing and Israel's space program.
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