Israeli lunar lander deploys legs

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Capitalism in space: The Israeli lunar lander Beresheet, now beginning its circuitous journey to the Moon, has established communications with the Earth while deploying its landing legs.

There does appear to be an issue with the spacecraft’s star trackers, but it is not clear how critical this is.

Beresheet, by the way, means “In the beginning” in Hebrew.


One comment

  • Edward

    Both articles state that “the main mission goal is to inspire young people, especially kids in Israel, to become more interested in science, technology, engineering and math.” It seems to me that the more important mission, in addition to the magnetic field survey and lunar crater investigations, is to verify that they understand the science and engineering that it takes to build, operate, and navigate a space probe away from Earth orbit. They are also verifying that Lunar missions can be accomplished for relatively little cost.

    This mission isn’t some small deal that entertains and enthuses school kids. It is a big deal that should enthuse the world’s investors, too.

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