If Israeli Beresheet's lander successfully kisses the moon's surface on April 11, it would become the first privately conceived, funded, engineered and launched lunar mission in the world.
On April 4, Beresheet entered lunar orbit, targeting an actual landing for April 11, in the Mare Serenitatis region in the Moon's northern hemisphere.
Morris Kahn, chairman of SpaceIL who donated over $40 million to the project, said in a statement, "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". Recently, on Easter Time around 10:18 a.m. for 6 minutes, its engines were fired by the spacecraft, slowing down enough to be captured by the gravity of the moon.
SpaceIL developed Bereshit in collaboration with Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). The name בראשית is prounounced "beresheet" and is roughly translated from Hebrew to English to mean "Genesis" - aka the beginning.
SpaceIL is a non-profit organization so this will be the first non-government spacecraft to land on the Moon or any other celestial body.
A tweep enquires about whether the view gave the mission team any information about life on the Moon, prompting an interesting no-comment response from them. It is roughly the size of a washing machine, reaching a height of 1.5 meters, about two meters in width, and weighing just 600 kilograms.
Of the seven nations that have entered the moon's orbit, only the U.S., Russian Federation and China succeeded in landing on the moon.