If it succeeds, landing on the Moon will make Israel the fourth nation in the world, landing on a lunar surface after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China. This is the first space capsule to be planted on the Moon through a private initiative, and not a government funded enterprise.
The project was headed by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries and has been developing for several years.
"Eight years ago we took the liberty of this journey, which is now nearing completion …. I could not be proud to give this gift to the people of Israel," President SpaceIL and his biggest sponsor, Morris Cahn, said. Other donations came from Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, the Ministry of Science and Technology, ISA, Weizmann, and other individuals. Initially, the ship will enter the Earth's orbit, but then it must enter the orbit of the Moon when these two overlap. As soon as it lands, finding its exact location on the moon will also be difficult. The NASA laser retro-reflector is on board to help achieve this maneuver and help a team of scientists track the progress of the ship. Their professionalism, determination, faith and dedication
The spacecraft is the smallest in weight of such vessels ̵
"For many months, our teams and IAI have been testing the spacecraft and its systems, carrying out complex experiments and preparing for each possible scenario of the mission," said the CEO of SpaceIL Ido Antebi.
The spacecraft will pass the longest distance to the moon – about 6.5 million kilometers. (about 4 million kilometers) before it landed. Beresheet will be an obstacle because of space at speeds up to 10 km. for a second (36,000 km / h).
Earlier this week, President Reuben Rivlin noted that this is not only a national and historical achievement, but also inspires young Israelis to study the spherical spheres and realize their dreams of travel space.
Beresheet is scheduled to be placed on the moon for subsequent generations.