Photo Credit: SpaceIL via NASA
Artist's concept of Beresheet on the Moon

After completing examination of the computer resets and implementation of corrective measures, Israel’s Beresheet lunar mission spacecraft conducted a successful maneuver on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Israel time.

According to SpaceIL the spacecraft is on its way to an elliptical orbit where the farthest point from Earth is at a distance of 131,000 km.

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“The maneuver was executed as planned and Beresheet’s main engine was activated for four minutes,” according to Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL, and Opher Doron, General Manager of the Space Division at IAI.

The next maneuver is planned in another week.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.