Israel will become the fourth country to land on the moon Thursday, thanks to an Israeli non-profit, SpaceIL. SpaceIL will land its spacecraft “Beresheet”, which, in hebrew, means Genesis. Now, Beresheet has been in the moon’s orbit for ten days. The trip will total a distance of 6.5 million kilometers, which is the longest journey to the moon.
We are ready for landing!
Following today’s maneuver Beresheet is again in an elliptical orbit, with its perilune (the closest point to the Moon) only 15-17 km from the moon’s surface and its epilune (the farthest point from the Moon) at 200 km.#IsraeltotheMoon #Beresheet
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 10, 2019
Beresheet is reaching a historical point in her two month journey. The landing is expected to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET.
— Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) April 11, 2019