Israel successfully launches its first Moonshot

Israel’s Beresheet robot was launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida early Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:45 local time. All the systems were working 40 minutes later and beaming signals to Israeli Aerospace headquarters. The probe is due to land on the moon on April 11. Israel is the fourth nation to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon, the first to launch a mostly privately-funded venture with around $100m raised by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL. After traveling for two months, the spacecraft is due to touch down on the moon and plant an Israeli flag. In addition to scientific instruments, the Genesis probe carries a copy of the Bible on a small metal disc. Only US, Russian and Chinese government space agencies have previously managed soft touchdowns. If the 1.5m-high, 585kg Beresheet craft can get down safely, it will take photos to send back to Earth and conduct some magnetic investigations. The targeted landing site is in a northern-hemisphere lava plain called Mare Serenitatis, where magnetic anomalies are known to exist. Prof Oded Aharonson, of the Weizmann Institute, leads Beresheet’s science team.

The spacecraft will survive for only about two days before running out of power. However, a laser retroreflector, a mirroring device that requires no power and can be used for space-to-ground communications via NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). NASA contributed the device to this mission as part of an agreement with SpaceIL that would allow the startup company to utilize the DSN for its moon mission. 

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21 thoughts on “Israel successfully launches its first Moonshot

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 8:51 at 8:51
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    Baruch HaShem

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 14:53 at 14:53
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      It’s first time i see someone with beards allow to come near a space vehicle :))) i wonder if United States didn’t help these guys to lunch their vehicle what would happen

      • Feb 25, 2019 @ 7:44 at 7:44
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        Did they resurrect Stanley Kubrick from the dead? Or did spielberg shoot this round of Moon hoax ftg? zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 10:10 at 10:10
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    Now there will finally be a deli on the moon when the astronauts go back!
    Baruch HaShem

    • Feb 23, 2019 @ 18:26 at 18:26
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      Or a Kosher Chinese restaurant…

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 11:11 at 11:11
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    While Israel sends probes to the moon, what have the Palestinians done for making? LEt Tlaib and Omar hate Israel, let them love Palsetinians but what have Palestinians and their leader ever done except worship death.

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 12:59 at 12:59
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      what do you expect from the adepts of the religion of peace

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 13:05 at 13:05
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    Liar, it carries the inerrant TaNaKH. So, no Nazarene codicil. Nothing from Sha’ul from Parthenia. Not a jot. So, blah blah blah. Days numbered, jew bllcks.

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 14:11 at 14:11
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      @mr sham:your days are numbered until our hero Breivik comes out of jail

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 14:31 at 14:31
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    A country of only eight million individuals can send a spacecraft to the moon. Amazing. I guess the jews are really the chosen people.

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 16:27 at 16:27
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      Yeah, you’re chosen alright

      They say to those who despise Me, “The Lord has spoken, ‘You shall have peace, ‘ ” and [to] everyone who follows the view of his heart they say, “No evil shall befall you.”
      זבִּרְצ֣וֹת יְ֖הוָה דַּרְכֵי־אִ֑ישׁ גַּם־א֜וֹיְבָ֗יו יַשְׁלִ֥ם אִתּֽוֹ:

      (When the Lord accepts a person’s ways, He will cause even his enemies to make peace with him.)

      Devarim 29:18 –

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 16:24 at 16:24
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    Amazing so much hostility towards such a magnificent achievement. Clearly stems from jealousy and shame. Neither of which is a healthy, truly human response. Sad!!

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 16:49 at 16:49
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    Using the billions the US is forced to fork over to Israel by AIPAC and the REST of Adelson’s Undzer Shtik for expeditionary wars, moonshots, and Kahanist Yeshivas – thanks Israel we’re done sending you aid.

    Time to buy your own healthcare, your own college, and your own somewhere else everything else

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 16:49 at 16:49
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    Mazal Tov!

  • Feb 22, 2019 @ 17:28 at 17:28
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    It is wonderful to know Israel has the ability to carry out a Moon shot. But there are existential threats to Israel. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to apply this scientific effort toward improving Israel’s missile defense or offense?

    • Feb 22, 2019 @ 18:22 at 18:22
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      Working on these projects enhances the ability to defend. That is why US is starting Space Force. You clearly know little about how science advances.

      • Feb 25, 2019 @ 7:53 at 7:53
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        Elon is from South Africa. The real question is why did ‘Murica hand him our precious space tech so SpaceX could get a head start, and what price was paid. The taxpayer funded decades, and while it is great private space is pushing the envelope of what is possible, it makes you wonder how and why it was THOSE certain people that reaped the windfall.

  • Feb 23, 2019 @ 1:50 at 1:50
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    Two months to get to the Moon? Is it being pulled by oxen? What else will it be doing for the next two months? And what is this interest in magnetic anomalies? Are the Israelis testing some tech stuff concerning magnetism, starting from a long distance, and progressively getting closer to the Moon to perfect whatever they are experimenting with?

    • Mar 6, 2019 @ 20:16 at 20:16
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      Wow. Get out your tinfoil hat. For the record, the Earth’s own magnetic field is fluctuating and moving faster than has ever been recorded. Certain surveys and experiments are best done in non-populated areas, though. Best done on the moon. Also, its a great opportunity to sharpen navigation and propulsion skills.
      Otherwise certain idiots might accuse them of getting it from the US. Mankind loves to reinvent the wheel.

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