SpaceIL began developing Beresheet in 2012 after winning the Lunar XPrize competition. It is assumed that the moon rover
On February 22, the Falcon 9 rocket brought Beresheet toorbit where the device will spend 2.5 months, gradually rising. Then the rover will start the engines and fly to the moon - it is planned that he will land on the Earth satellite at the end of April 2019.
Now the device is on a highly elongatedorbit with an apogee of 405 thousand km from Earth and is preparing to enter the Moon orbit, which is scheduled for April 4. On the way to the Earth satellite, the device took several photos of the Earth from different points of its current orbit.
Sunrise Video from #Beresheet From the# spacecraft's point of view. In the video, #earth can be seen when creating the sun. This process creates a kind of sunrise image! #IsraelToTheMoon @ILAerospaceIAI pic.twitter.com/y6IR80oz73
- Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) March 24, 2019
Earlier, ground services failed to turn on the second engine of the first private lunar rover Beresheet, developed by an Israeli SpaceIL startup. The reason was the failure of the onboard computer.