first_img Israel just became the seventh nation to successfully orbit the Moon.On Thursday, Beresheet, an Israeli spacecraft, finally slipped into lunar orbit after traveling away from Earth over the past six weeks, reported. Even though this was a major milestone for the spacecraft, there is still an important lunar touchdown attempt to accomplish next week. If all goes well, Beresheet will be the first Israeli spacecraft and the first privately-funded lunar landing, NBC News noted.“The lunar capture is an historic event in and of itself — but it also joins Israel in a seven-nation club that has entered the Moon’s orbit,” Morris Kahn of SpaceIL said in a statement. “A week from today, we’ll make more history by landing on the Moon, joining three superpowers who have done so. Today I am proud to be an Israeli.”Kahn founded SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that’s leading the Beresheet mission with Israel Aerospace Industries, an Israel-based aerospace and aviation manufacturer. According to project team members, the Beresheet mission costs about $100 million.Dream with us. On the 11/4/19 #Israel will land on the #moon. Let’s take part in history! #IsraelToTheMoon @ILAerospaceIAI— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 4, 2019On Feb. 21, Beresheet blasted off on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch started Israel’s first eight-week journey to the Moon and once Beresheet arrives on the Moon’s surface, it will analyze the Moon’s craters and local magnetic field on its two Earth-day surface mission.More on Israeli Moon Lander Captures Phenomenal Sunrise From SpaceSpaceX Is Launching Israel’s First Mission to the Moon TonightSpace Flight Events to Watch in 2019 Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on targetlast_img read more