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Israeli moon lander passes final tests as it gets ready to take off on February eighteenth and place a ‘time capsule’ on the lunar surface

Israel’s first moon lander has breezed through its last tests in front of its historic blastoff on February eighteenth.

SpaceIL’s lander — which has been named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for ‘In the Beginning’ will take off from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

It plans to land somewhere close to the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17, and will convey a ‘digital time capsule’ nearby a suite of scientific instruments.

‘We are looking forward to the launch & the challenging journey ahead…’SpaceIL’s CEO Dr. Ido Anteby said.

In the event that it is effective, Israel will be the fourth nation to complete a controlled ‘soft’ landing of an unmanned vessel on the moon.

Since 1966, the United States and the former Soviet Union have put around a dozen of them on the moon and China did as such in 2013, and not long ago when it landed on the most distant side of the moon.

Israel has propelled satellites previously, however this is the first longer-range Israeli spacecraft of its sort.

The art, called Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis, is molded like a round table with four carbon-fiber legs, remains about 1.5 meters tall and weighs 585 kg (1,290 lb) – with fuel representing 66% of that weight.

The time capsule is a single, space-resilient disc, roughly the size of a CD, holding digital files of kids’ illustrations, photos and data on Israeli culture and the historical backdrop of humanity.

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