Israeli spacecraft hits first snag on lunar voyage

February 26, 2019
This is a composite image of the lunar nearside taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in June 2009, note the presence of dark areas of maria on this side of the moon. Credit: NASA

An Israeli spacecraft that blasted off last week for the country's first attempted lunar landing has encountered a technical glitch on its voyage to the moon.

Engineers at the nonprofit SpaceIL said Tuesday that the on-board computer system unexpectedly reset, canceling a maneuver that would keep the small spacecraft, called Beresheet, on track for its April landing. The team says it is examining the data to understand what happened.

On its winding journey, Beresheet is to slingshot around the Earth at least six times. If the mission succeeds, it will be the first privately funded . It will also be a major accomplishment for Israel, which seeks to become the fourth nation to reach the , after the U.S., Russia and China.

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torbjorn_b_g_larsson
not rated yet Feb 27, 2019
More here: https://www.space...tch.html . It seems unrelated to the previous problem of overloading the star tracker.

The craft is back in communication and will idle on the current orbit ellipse until they decide to make the next attempt of raising orbit towards Moon gravitational capture in April.

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