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Beresheet, originally designated SpaceIL, is a lunar lander funded and built by the non-profit organization SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, with technical support from the Israel Space Agency. The mission launched on 22 February 2019 at 01:45 UT and is scheduled to land on the Moon at the end of April.

The landing craft is a four-legged circular platform with a launch mass of about 585 kg. It stands 1.5 meters high, and 2 meters in diameter. It holds approximately 435 kg of fuel. Solar panels mounted on top of the spacecraft deck provide power. The lander will carry imagers, a magnetometer, and a laser retroreflector.

After launch as a secondary payload (the primary payload is the PSN-6 communications satellite) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Beresheet will separate at an altitude of 60,000 km and go into an elliptical Earth orbit. From there is will make maneuvers to go into lunar orbit, and then go into an autonomous landing procedure. It will land in Mare Serenitatis and transmit data from the surface for about 2 days. The entire mission will take about 2 1/2 months.

Beresheet is the Hebrew word for "Genesis”.

Alternate Names

  • 44049

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-02-22
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 150 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Israel)


  • Planetary Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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