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On Thursday in Florida a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a private spacecraft called Beresheet. Originally formed to to compete in the Google Lunar X-Prize the team at SpaceIL were the only serious contenders but development took too long.

SpaceIL is a team of private Israeli researchers and engineers, augmented by some government funding and assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries.

After rocketing into space, the Falcon 9 will disgorge other satellites. Beresheet will be released last.

From that point, Beresheet will commence a week-long voyage to the moon. If it makes it, Beresheet will make Israel the fourth nation to soft-land on the moon after USA, Russia and China. It will also be the first private spacecraft to do so.

Beresheet will land on the moon some 71 years after an almost-totally decimated and exiled people formed the first modern indigenous state at a time of great world upheaval.

It is aptly named. In English, the name translates to “Genesis”.

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Yeah,

They kept it rather quiet, or the usual rubbish crowded it out of the news.

IAI have an incredible reputation, mostly for modifying or re-inventing existing designs but they are truly world-class. The Falcon seems to be perfectly reliable, after all it launched a Tesla Roadster 🙂

A lot of steps of course to put it intact on the moon but it is truly amazing that Israel can even attempt to do this (wait for inevitable Israel bashing over U.S funds.)

I'm going to be watching and giving them every well wish and mental assist I can summon 🙂

Cheers

 

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22 hours ago, chrisg said:

wait for inevitable Israel bashing over U.S funds

Israelis are already laughing about it.

The joke goes that Israel is looking to become the fourth country to land on the moon this week, or as the UN will call it: The first country to occupy Space Palestine.

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🙂

Israeli sense  of humour, given the limited expected lifespan of this first lander I guess that hardly counts as an occupation 🙂

Cheers

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Yeah, very different way to go to the moon, don't have the sheer power of the big rockets of yore yet I guess, although the Russians did not need that approach either - notable SpaceX is taking the same path as the  Soyuz series, bolting together multiple rather simpler lower powered rockets to get sufficient thrust. Totally the opposite of Saturn 5.

The sheer math involved in the means of getting Beresheet to the moon is mind boggling.

Cheers

 

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A fair bit of precision required there.

A bit like performing a circumcision with a razor blade inserted into the end of a pool cue.

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