Israeli lunar lander Beresheet back on track after glitch

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Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander fails to make first maneuvers

Eventually, the orbit will place it close enough to the Moon that it can jump into lunar orbit and then eventually land.

Tucked away inside Israel's Beresheet lunar lander, now on its way to the moon, is a massive archive documenting humanity's achievements.

While the company is still trying to correct that problem, yesterday, word came out that in an attempt to conduct a burn that would raise Beresheet's elliptical orbit around the Earth, the craft failed to do so, and instead its computer surprisingly reset itself.

Sunday's maneuver toward the Moon took into account those problems identified by the star-tracker systems, and scientists made a decision to move forward with the mission.

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Israel's Beresheet ('Genesis in English), the Jewish state's first lunar spacecraft, successfully completed another maneuver on Wednesday at around 9:30 p.m. Israel time, according to a release by Space IL, Trend reports referring to The Jerusalem Post.

Beresheet also has an issue with the star tracker it uses for navigation being susceptible to blinding by the sun's rays. (43,000 miles) from Earth's surface.

Earlier this week, a maneuver was canceled due to technical difficulties, but SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the organizations behind the mission, have implemented the necessary corrections.

Israeli non-profit SpaceIL is trying to plop the first commercial lander on the moon. It cost only $100 million - far less than other larger and more expensive lunar spacecraft.

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"We are on our way to the moon", affirmed SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby on Thursday. It will take the spacecraft seven weeks to reach the moon.

So far, the shuttle has broken the Israeli speed record, traveling at 10.5 kilometers per second.

Beresheet is scheduled to be stationed on the Moon for generations to come.

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