Beresheet was originally designed to compete for the $ 20 million Google Lunar X prize, which was discontinued on January 23, 2018 because "no team will attempt to launch to reach the Moon by March 31, 2018, deadline, "in the words of the founder of the X Award and Chairman Peter Diamandis. As a condition for the race, lunar probes were required to move at 500 meters (1640 feet), which is possible. Beresheet had to do this by landing and landing again, but as the NYT pointed out, mission planners are no longer bound by this requirement. The decision to make lunar hops will not be taken until after the landing in April, but there is really nothing to gain from such a maneuver – one that could unnecessarily damage the probe.
The Beresheet will only last for a few days. days since the moon will not be able to withstand the extreme temperatures on the surface. But his inheritance will endure in the form of a burden; the probe contains hundreds of digital files including the Torah, the Israeli flag, artwork, and an archive containing 30 million pages of information, NYT reports.
"Congratulations to SpaceIL and the Israeli Space Agency," NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein said in a statement from the agency. "This is a historic step for all nations and the commercial space, as we are looking to expand our cooperation beyond the low Earth orbit and the Moon."
As far as SpaceX Falcon 9 is concerned, the first degree of reinforcement has made its third successful journey into space, and he successfully landed on a ship unmanned in the Atlantic Ocean. In a twinkle, however, Muss said that the re-entry was not without incidents.
Despite the challenge, Musk said the first-stage rocket would be used for the fourth launch in April.
[SpaceNews, Associated Press, New York Times, Jerusalem Post]