Beresheet: Apolune 466

 
A few weeks ago I wrote this post about Israel’s efforts to soft-land a spacecraft on the moon and become only the fourth nation to do so successfully. Yesterday, the Beresheet spacecraft successfully completed a critical maneuver, establishing its orbit around the moon with a greatest distance from the moon — an apolune — of 466 miles, and a perilune (closest distance) of 285 miles. It is expected to complete its journey this week, as planned, when it lands, on Thursday the 11th, in the Mare Serenitatis — the Sea of Serenity. Published in Science & Technology
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There are 8 comments.

  1. GrannyDude Member

    Cool!

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    • April 7, 2019, at 10:01 AM PDT
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  2. Jim McConnell Member

    The little engine nation that could. Bravo!

    • #2
    • April 7, 2019, at 10:35 AM PDT
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  3. Caryn Member

    I just posted this on your old post, before I saw this one. The latest photos, but these of the dark side of the moon, with Earth in the distance. Very cool; very wow.

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    • April 7, 2019, at 11:59 AM PDT
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  4. Tedley Member

    Getting closer to a great accomplishment! 

    • #4
    • April 7, 2019, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  5. JosePluma Thatcher

    And, of course, I’ve heard none of this on the Maim-Stream Media.

    It’s too bad about all those Palestinian rockets that are falling short. They’ll get it right some day!

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    • April 7, 2019, at 2:14 PM PDT
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  6. Douglas Pratt Member

    This is truly exciting stuff.

    • #6
    • April 8, 2019, at 3:05 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  7. Caryn Member

    JosePluma (View Comment):

    And, of course, I’ve heard none of this on the Maim-Stream Media.

    It’s too bad about all those Palestinian rockets that are falling short. They’ll get it right some day!

    Yeah, this didn’t get much coverage. Bomb shelters nearby, fortunately. Dogs weren’t so lucky. Of course PETA will blame the Jews for not getting the dogs to the shelter…

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    • April 8, 2019, at 7:29 PM PDT
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  8. Joshua Bissey Coolidge

    OK, but how long until there are Jews on the Moon?

    (Though even if they don’t send astronauts, it would still be a great name for a band.)

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    • April 9, 2019, at 11:30 AM PDT
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