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Israeli Lunar Probe Successfully Completes its First Move Towards Moon

On Thursday, a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket delivered an Israeli probe and an Indonesian communications satellite from Cape Canaveral. Beresheet, the Israeli spacecraft, has traveled beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity. Now it is on the way to land on the lunar land. Thus the lander accomplished its first operation towards the moon after detaching from its launch. Eventually, the spacecraft completed its first revolution around the Earth. As per the Israeli Space Agency, the 30-second action made 69,400 km from earth. The move enabled the spacecraft to surround closer to the moon.

The washing machine-sized four-legged Beresheet will continue to revolve around the earth until it is captured by moon gravity. Once the probe enters into the orbit around the moon it will touch the lunar surface after that. Although, the touchdown will take place on April 11 at the Sea of Serenity. But after the successful launch of Beresheet into space early Friday morning, the scientists and technical staff started checking into a small problem with its star navigation system. The team said bright rays from the sun would make things difficult for the probe’s sensors. It will not be able to position itself according to the location of the stars. The team said the issue was not a major one. There are other ways for the craft to move into a correct path.

The most fantastic thing of Beresheet is, it includes a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive. The creator of the archive, Arch Mission Foundation (AMF), named the backup for humanity as “The Lunar Library”. Nova Spivack, the co-founder of AMF, says the concept is to place enough backups at various locations around the solar system. The idea is to store our valuable knowledge and biological heritage which can never be lost. The disc on Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD but includes 25 heaped thin Nickel films. The company claims that the disc can resist extreme temperatures and other severe conditions found in space for billions of years. The next maneuver is scheduled for Tuesday night.

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