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The Little Lands Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year.


The first commercial lander bound for the surface of the moon suffered a hiccup early Tuesday.

Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft which is supposed to perform an engine to increase its elliptical orbit around the Earth, but instead of its own computer. As a result, the maneuver was automatically canceled.

In a statement, SpaceIL said it's examining data alongside its partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and analyzing the situation.

"Shortly after the spacecraft was deployed from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last week, Beresheet's engineers found its star tracker , which helps determine its position in space, which is sensitive to being blinded by the sun's rays. Beresheet's mission timeline.

SpaceIL was one of the original Google Lunar XPrize competitors.

SpaceIL did not respond to the issue. While the last year ended without a winner the project with the help of IAI and a few very large donations from billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn and Sheldon Adelson.

Beresheet was built on a relatively small budget of about $ 100 million, and as a result, it carries some of the backup systems that are included in typical NASA spacecraft.

Fortunately, SpaceIL says that Beresheet remains in orbit-boosting burn again.

Beresheet is aiming to make a moon landing in April.

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