The time has come: the spacecraft Bereshit from SpaceIL is about to land on the Moon! The first time is set for tomorrow, 11 April, in the afternoon of Israel. SpaceIL still completes the planned route of the spaceship, and preparation times are not published directly in the public domain, but estimates have been made.
Since entering the lunchtime tour on 4 April, Bereshit has slowly reduced its speed by a series of engine accessories. On Tuesday, he carried his nostalgia out of a distance of 200 kilometers. With a series of movements on Wednesdays, Bereshit descends to periluna, or in a low plane base, only 15 km above its jetty in the Serenity Ocean.
From there, it takes a few movements on Thursday to bring Beitit ashore. Before publishing, SpaceIL said that the boat took about 20 minutes to go ashore after the final engine started. The main engine of the singer will resume at the last time to sit the ship on the surface.
At the moment, SpaceIL claims that the landings will be between 22:00 and 23:00, the time of Israel, on 11 April. There will be live coverage from the control room, which you can see here.
Bereshit's current bedtime times on 11 April: t
22:00 – 23:00 Israel
19:00 – 20:00 UTC (General Co-ordinated Time)
3:00 – 4:00 EDT (East Time)
12:00 – 13:00 PM (Pacific Time)
On 3 April, The Weizmann Science Institute, which manages a science experiment at Bereshit magnetometer, publishes a short article about the site. This is a topographical map of the 140 kilometer runway from Beresheet:
Location on Bereshit
A topographical map introducing the Bereshit Harbor site in the Serenity Harbor, created by data from the LRO and Kayuga. The area is 140 km wide and the landscape is enlarged in scale 40: 1. The fault on the right is Posidonius E.
There are also three smaller sites in the area previously mentioned in a document by the mission team, which Phil Stooke has mapped:
By successfully progressing SpaceIL will join the first private and Israeli fourth for this fourth country to achieve this Moon performance.. Although the Google Lunar X Prize has already been completed, its recent XPRIZE Foundation won its "Moonshot" award for SpaceIL if given by Bereshit at the jetty.