If successful, landing on the moon will make Israel the fourth nation on earth to land on the moon, after the former Soviet Union, United States and China. This will be the first space capsule to land in the month due to a private initiative, rather than a government-funded enterprise.
This project was led by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries and has made many years.
"Eight years ago, we went on this journey very soon to be completed …. I'm not proud of giving this gift to the people of Israel," the president of SpaceIL and its biggest fund , Said Morris Kahn. Other donations came from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Ministry of Science and Technology, ISA, Weizmann and other private individuals.
This mission is not simple. Initially, the steamer will enter Earth's orbit, but will enter the orbit of the moon when the two overlap. When it comes, it proves that its exact location on the moon is difficult. NASA's laser retroreflector is on board to help achieve this scheme and help scientists team track the development of the craft.
CEO of IAI Nimrod Sheffer, thanked the combined team of SpaceIL and IAI who worked tirelessly to complete the project, for their professionalism, determination, faith and dedication.
The spacecraft is the smallest such as the craft by weight ̵
"For many months, our teams and IAI are testing spacecraft and its systems, conducting complex experiments and preparing for every possible mission scenario," says CEO of SpaceIL Ido Antebi.
The spacecraft will cross the longest distance to the moon – about 6.5 million km. (roughly 4 million miles) before it goes. Beresheet will succeed in space at a speed of 10 km. Next week, President Reuven Rivlin said that it is not just national and historical achievement, it is also a goal to inspire young Israelis to study STEM-related fields and pursue their dreams of space travel .
The Beresheet is scheduled to be stationed on the moon for generations to come.