The first private lunar rover Beresheet successfully launched the engines and corrected the orbit

SpaceIL began developing Beresheet in 2012 after winning the Lunar XPrize competition. It is assumed that the moon rover

will be able to travel at least 500 m across the surface of the moon, as well as send photographs and soil analysis to Earth.

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.

We conducted our first successful maneuver ondistance of 69.4 thousand km from Earth, turning on the engines for 30 seconds. This is the first turning on of our main engine! The next correction will be made on February 25th.

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Earlier, Chinese engineers began to develop a new generation of launch vehicles that will be used to deliver cargo weighing up to 70 tons and manned flights to the moon into orbit.