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SpaceIL of Israel plans to land its robotic spacecraft, Beresheet, on the Moon on April 11, 2019.

The NIS 370 million ($100 million) spacecraft is a joint venture between the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, funded nearly entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists.

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has successfully performed its first maneuver around the moon on Sunday morning, Beresheet's developer, Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL, announced Sunday.

Beresheet will also be the first privately-owned object to land on the Lunar surface, but carries a scientific payload that will measure the Moon's magnetic field that should help scientists understand how the Moon was originally formed.

Beresheet is the smallest spacecraft ever to be sent to the moon.

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The spacecraft is expected to land on the moon on April 11.

"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", SpaceIL's chairman Morris Kahn said on 4 April 2019.

Beresheet, named after the first word and the first book in the Torah (meaning "in the beginning"), lifted off from Cape Canaveral on February 22. SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries will broadcast live from the mission control room.

The size of a dishwasher, the Israeli lander will be used as a platform for several experiments on the Moon, including ones meant to reveal Lunar magnetism. Good of them to keep that money ready to roll regardless of the original parameters!