Historic Day – Watch: Israel’s Beresheet lands on the moon
Israel is set to make history on Thursday night, at around 10:15 pm Israel time when the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries’ spacecraft Beresheet is scheduled to land on the moon, making Israel the fourth country to achieve a moon landing.
The spacecraft—called “Beresheet,” a reference to the first words of the Bible in Hebrew: “In the beginning…”—will reach the Sea of Serenity, from where it will send back images of the rocky surface and conduct experiments on the lunar magnetic field.
After landing, Beresheet will take a selfie and send it back to Earth using NASA satellites recruited to assist the Israeli space mission.
Its first task, however, will be to plant an Israeli flag on the moon.
The operation will be directed by a control center in the Israeli town of Yehud, some 12 km southeast of Tel Aviv.
Alongside incoming flights, the Israel Airports Authority listed the Beresheet moon landing on its arrival timetable.
Beresheet was developed by SpaceIL, a former team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. Beresheet launched on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 21st, and it was deployed into a wide orbit around Earth.
Beresheet is carrying the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Israeli flag, images of historic Israeli milestones and a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-sized metal disc.