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Beresheet Lunar Lander Enters Moon's Orbit

Not only will it be the first private lunar mission, but the Beresheet lander will also be the lightest spacecraft to be launched to the moon.

Once it makes it to the lunar surface, Beresheet will return images, videos and data gathered by a magnetometer, to explore the possibility of a magnetic field on the Moon in the past, and a small laser retroreflector, which will be tested as a potential navigation tool.
But there's room for sentimentality, too, with a digital time capsule also packed aboard containing an Israeli flag, a holocaust survivor memorial and the Israeli Declaration of Independence, along with other bits and pieces.

(Image credit: SpaceIL)


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