The launch was the 70th successful launch for SpaceX. The spacecraft's engines were activated for 32 seconds and 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of fuel were consumed.
The landing legs have crushable aluminum honeycomb structures as well as stainless steel deformable structures that both are meant to absorb the energy of the landing, and they were extensively tested at IAI along with the rest of the spacecraft.
The lander is equipped with a single British-built LEROS 2b engine fueled by MMH (monomethylhydrazine) and Monday (mixed oxides of nitrogen) for major maneuvers and the landing itself, along with small thrusters at the bottom of the craft.
The Beresheet spacecraft is seen during a presentation by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL on December 17, 2018 in Yehud, east of Tel Aviv.More news: Amazon Fab Phones Fest: OnePlus 6T available at its lowest price ever!
Israelis are gearing up for an historic event Thursday evening, as the country sets off to become the fourth nation to complete a controlled landing on the moon. Things got off to a bit of a rough start, with the spacecraft experiencing a odd computer glitch that prevented it from completing traveling all the way to lunar orbit on schedule, but it quickly got back on track and is about to perform a Moon landing that we will all get to enjoy.
The landing has been a long time coming, with SpaceIL originally being a participant in the Google Lunar XPrize competition which ended unceremoniously after none of the competitors could deliver a landing-capable spacecraft within the extended deadline date.
An illustration of the Beresheet spacecraft orbiting the moon.
The IAA arrivals timetable showing the expected moon landing.More news: Adani inches closer to constructing Carmichael coal mine after Aussie nod
The Beresheet doesn't have backup systems so any major failure would have doomed the mission, but so far the craft has been functioning.
The Beresheet space probe aims to touch down tomorrow, two months after launch, with a landing planned for Thursday, near the moon's Sea of Serenity.
If successful, Beresheet would also make the first lunar landing by a craft not from a government program. It is part of a joint scientific experiment together with the Weizmann Institute of Science to take measurements of the moon's mysterious magnetic field.
Beresheet, the ambitious project developed by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, has been making history even before the unmanned vessel was launched on February 22, becoming the world's first spacecraft built by a non-governmental organization. After the mission concludes, IAI is looking at the possibility of offering the lander design for commercial lunar missions.More news: Italy's Salvini attempts to form nationalist alliance ahead of European elections