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Beresheet

NSSDCA ID: BERESHEET
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Description

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 is scheduled to launch on 19 February 2019 at 01:58 UT and land on the Moon roughly two months later.

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”.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2019-02-19
    Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
    Mass: 150 kg

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown Israel

    Discipline

    • Planetary Science

    Additional Information

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

     

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