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Laser beams generated by LOLA hit the moon’s surface and then bounce back to the instrument, and if some light bounces off the LRA reflector, the team will know.
"It will take it 2.5 seconds to fall fifteen feet. You may imagine noise and dust, but on the moon everything will be quiet."
According to IAI and SpaceIL, "the spacecraft is now in an elliptical orbit at an altitude of 211 km to 467 km from the moon."
“After a challenging journey, we made tonight another Israeli record and became the seventh nation to orbit the moon."
The information carried by Beresheet is destined to remain on the moon for an indefinite period and may be found and distributed by future generations.
The next maneuver is planned in another week.
"The planned maneuver took into account the problems that were identified in the star trackers after launch."
The spacecraft has detached from its launcher and completed its planned orbit of the Earth.
"We will meet on April 11 and I hope that we will be able to celebrate the safe landing of 'Beresheet'."
“After the launch, our crew will take control of Beresheet and begin the journey to the moon!”
"Genesis ready. It's all set. Please wish her Godspeed."
NASA will have access to data gathered by the magnetometer installed aboard the Israeli spacecraft.