SpaceIL and IAI
The Israeli space shuttle Beresheet successfully completed the maneuver around the moon on Monday morning just a few days before the planned landing of the spacecraft.
Beresheet, the first Israeli space shuttle, should arrive on the moon on Thursday, April 11, about a month and a half after the February 21 (22 February Israeli time) launch from Canaveral, Florida.
According to the update released by designers and spacecraft manufacturers, SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, Beresheet has lowered its altitude above the Moon during the maneuvers as he prepares to land on Thursday.
This morning, Monday, 8.4.19 at 07:48, the engineering team of SpaceIL and IAI successfully carried out another maneuver around the moon. During the maneuver, the engines worked for about 36 seconds and the amount of combusted fuel was about six kilograms.
During the maneuver, the height of Apolune (the farthest point of the moon) has dropped from 750 kilometers to 210 miles from the Moon and actually became Perilune (the nearest moon point). ). Beresheet is now in an elliptical orbit at an altitude of 211 kilometers to 467 kilometers around the moon.