The cream of the new breed of craft heading for the moon and beyond

Launched on Friday by its operators Israel Aerospace Industries and SpaceIL, Beresheet is the first privately funded lunar landing mission. It will demonstrate a new landing technique of “hopping”, using its rocket engine, to a secondary landing spot. The rover will have a short lifetime of a few days, with plans to transmit imagery and measurements of the moon’s magnetic field, as well as depositing a “time capsule” celebrating Israeli art, music and history.

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