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A team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Space, engineers, have identified the site of the lunar landing of the Israeli probe Beresheet.
According to a statement released by the Weizmann Institute, the chosen site was selected by Professors Oded Aharonson and Jim Head of Brown University. It is located in the northeastern part of Mare Serenitatis, a few hundred kilometers to the east of the Apollo 15 landing site and at a similar distance to the north west of the site. Apollo 17.
Three optional landing sites have also been identified.
The terrain at these locations is composed of characteristic materials from ancient marine surfaces – vast plains of dark basalt resulting from ancient volcanic eruptions – on which landings have been successfully carried out, Weizmann explained in the statement.
Site selection criteria were focused on ensuring a safe landing, looking for sites with relatively few craters, exposed rocks, or steep slopes in the landing zone – factors that could compromise wheel touch. In addition, the scientists searched for a location on the moon where the crust is magnetic, to allow the magnetometer, the main scientific instrument aboard the Israeli satellite Beresheet, to conduct its research.
The Beresheet probe is currently in orbit around the Earth and is performing maneuvers to insert the lunar orbit early April, followed by the planned landing at the chosen site.
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