If all goes according to plan, Beresheet will gently touch down on the lunar surface on April 11, becoming the first private spacecraft to reach the surface of another planetary body.
SpaceX hopes to launch the first privately developed lunar lander toward the moon on Thursday night, using a towering Falcon 9 rocket. As we better understand Israel's capabilities and the innovative work of their private industry, we know they'll be an even stronger worldwide partner in the future, one vital to the success of extending commercial space to the Moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond. And since SpaceIL was not the primary payload on this flight-Indonesia's Nusantara Satu satellite, built by Maxar Technologies' SSL, had priority-the team had to devise a clever path to get to the moon.
Just minutes after blasting off, the Falcon 9's nine-engine suborbital main-stage booster rocket could be seen in the sky just as the moon appeared over the horizon. Previously, only the U.S., U.S.S.R, and China have landed spacecraft on the moon.
"For many months, our teams and IAI's were engaged in testing the spacecraft and its systems, conducting complex experiments and preparing for every possible scenario of the mission", CEO of SpaceIL Ido Antebi said.
Bad weather threatened the recovery of the first-stage booster, but after 8-and-a-half minutes following launch, the booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceIL's spacecraft set to land on the moon in April is about 5 feet tall with a diameter of 6.5 feet.
After the launch, the craft will disengage from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at around 38,300 miles above Earth's surface, and will then continue on its journey to the Moon.
SpaceIL's mission for the lander is to beam back photos and video, and to measure the magnetosphere.
Trump, Kim to meet one-on-one next week Trump and Kim will hold their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on February 27-28. He also added that sanctions on North Korea will remain in place for now.
The Nasantara Satu mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral on February 21, 2019, carrying SpaceIL's lunar lander bound for the moon.
Spacecraft from several countries, including India's Moon Impact Probe, Japan's SELENE orbiter and a European Space Agency orbital probe called SMART 1, have intentionally crashed on the lunar surface.
Watch history in the making as Israel's Beresheet spacecraft launches upon its historic mission to the moon.
As one of the commenters on a YouTube clip of the launch noted, look how much tiny, resource-strained Israel has managed to achieve in the short 70 years of its modern existence?
The SpaceIL strategy of gradually raising Beresheet's orbit around Earth, however, helps to keep the lander's price tag low. NASA has a laser reflector aboard Beresheet and is offering its Deep Space Network for communication.
And, according to the student's lawyer Lin Wood , "additional similar lawsuits" will reportedly be filed in the weeks ahead. Sandmann had said he was not making faces at the Native American drummer seen in the video, Nathan Phillips.
We bet looking at these pictures, the excitement for the arrival of the royal baby is all set to double up. Shortly after, Meghan's close friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo made her way into The Mark.
Gaga announced in October that she and Carino were engaged. 'Christian loves to make her happy and he is so proud of her success. Gaga is now preparing to attend the Oscars next week as she is nominated and will be performing with co-star Bradley Cooper .
This is a good team, though, and I believe in them. "If they don't, I would like to see him given time to implement them". I think that, if you choose Guardiola , you have to wait because the club knows very well that Guardiola needs time.
TONIGHT: Increasing clouds & winds, snow moves in late.Low: 22 increasing to 26 by morning.Wind: E 5-15 miles per hour . The snow is expected to roll in after midnight Tuesday and taper off into Wednesday evening.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that Deputy Secretary of Transportation Jeff Rosen would replace Rosenstein. Mueller III's probe of Russia's 2016 election meddling and related actions by the president and his associates.
Newsom, less than two months into his tenure, has appeared more eager to hit back at Trump than former California Gov. He argued that it will fail to complete the Central Valley construction by a 2022 deadline required by the grant.
But Cook said a change of attitude lay behind England's rise up the one-day rankings since that dismal display. As soon as he qualifies, we'll make a decision on him and think about what direction we're going to go in.
In a court filing on Monday, Stone's lawyers said he apologised for the "improper" post and "recognises the impropriety". Prosecutors said Stone lied about it to the House Intelligence Committee and told a witness to lie about it too.
There will be two free concerts near the Tienditas International Bridge at the Colombia-Venezuela border on Friday. Lawmakers trying to get through scuffled with soldiers in riot gear at the tunnel's exit, TV footage showed.
Referring to a published account of the attack, Trump said last month that "it doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned". Subsequent surveillance video was released showing the brothers items thought to have been used in the attack in a store.
The Galaxy S10e will feature a 3100mAh battery , Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 , 6GB or 8GB RAM and ample internal storage. Of course the image also shows the different cutouts for the front-facing cameras as well as the bending screen protector.
Islamic State steps up guerrilla attacks in Syria: SDF
Thousands of people have flooded out of Baghouz over the past week - mostly women and children related to IS militants. Thousands of IS fighters and their families have emerged in the past few months from the group's last enclave.
Padres make 'serious' offers to Machado, Harper
The drama surrounding which team Machado will sign with has been exhausting for many but soon he will have to make a decision. It is February 17 and finally the Manny Machado and Bryce Harper markets are beginning to heat up.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson split
While the basketball player tried to play the role of doting partner and dad, he couldn't hold up the good guy act for long. The 27-year-old, 6'9 power forward was caught motorboating a woman at a Hookah Lounge in Washington D.C.at the time.
Three children among four found dead after MI shooting
We are talking to witnesses right now and we don't believe there is anyone outstanding right now who is a danger to the community. Sheriff Michelle LaJoye Young told reporters that the area is now a "stable scene", and there is no threat to public safety.