Israel's first lunar ship struggling with technical difficulties – Israel News


SpaceIL's unmanned spacecraft Beresheet is seen in the Israel Aerospace Industries clean room at

SpaceIL's unmanned spacecraft Beresheet is seen in the clean room of Israel Aerospace Industries in Yehud.
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN / REUTERS)


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Beresheet ("Genesis" in English), the first lunar satellite of the Jewish state, experienced technical difficulties Monday night. A maneuver was planned for the spacecraft, but it has preformed an unintentional restart that has resulted in automatic deactivation.

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, the organizations that piloted the projects, are currently reviewing the data to understand what was wrong. The rest of the spacecraft systems work well.

Beresheet completed his first maneuver to the moon after securing himself from his launcher and completing his planned Earth orbit on Sunday.

The lander will be captured by the moon when its orbit around the Earth will place it near the Moon (which also turns around the Earth).

After two months, the shuttle should land in the sea of ​​serenity on April 11th.

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