Spacecraft enters lunar orbit Forward of moon landing

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The Israeli spacecraft "Beresheet" entered the moon's orbit at 5:15 p.m.

The maneuver was a success, allowing the craft to be captured by the moon's gravity, and setting the lander up for next week's touchdown. If all goes well, Beresheet will be the first Israeli spacecraft and the first privately-funded lunar landing, NBC News noted.

It will leave on the surface of the moon a time capsule containing a database of hundreds of digital files ranging from details about the SpaceIL, the spacecraft and the crew of the project, to national symbols, cultural items and materials collected from the general public over the years.

Kahn founded SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that's leading the Beresheet mission with Israel Aerospace Industries, an Israel-based aerospace and aviation manufacturer.

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"Next is just the landing", Doron additional,"which makes us quite a bit more nervous".

According to SpaceIL's website, the nonprofit hopes "to create an Israeli 'Apollo Effect.'" The Apollo Effect refers to the many innovations that came out of the American manned space program to the moon and the way it inspired a generation of youth to enter the sciences.

China's Chang'e-4 made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon on January 3, after a probe sent by Beijing made a lunar landing elsewhere in 2013.

An image of the Earth and Israel's Beresheet spacecraft en route to the Moon.

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