Israeli spacecraft Beresheet sends breathtaking images of the dark side
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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet sends breathtaking images of the dark side

Nail-biting technicians and engineers at the Israeli hub in Yehud say touchdown on the surface is expected around 01.00 on Friday and that all systems are go. 

  • A picture taken by Beresheet - the far side of the moon during the maneuver at a height of 470 km from the moon. (Photo credit: Eliran Avital)
    A picture taken by Beresheet - the far side of the moon during the maneuver at a height of 470 km from the moon. (Photo credit: Eliran Avital)
  • A picture of the far side of the moon with Earth in the background- also at 470 km from the moon. 

(Photo credit: Eliran Avital)
    A picture of the far side of the moon with Earth in the background- also at 470 km from the moon. (Photo credit: Eliran Avital)

Israel’s tiny unmanned spacecraft ‘Beresheet’ is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon in the early hours of Friday morning – if all goes to plan.

Nail-biting technicians and engineers at the Israeli hub in Yehud say touchdown is expected around 01.00 on Friday and that all systems are go.

The SpaceIL craft, which represents the world’s first ever such mission launched with private finance, beamed back breath-taking images of the dark side of the moon this week, after it successfully entered the lunar orbit.

Overnight data sent back to mission control revealed a series of successful manoeuvres as Beresheet activated its engines while in lunar orbit less than 300 miles from the moon’s surface.

A picture of the far side of the moon with Earth in the background- also at 470 km from the moon.
(Photo credit: Eliran Avital)
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