(AP) — Israel is hoping to become one of four nations to land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon. A small Israeli spacecraft is expected to touch down this afternoon in what would be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon.
The Beresheet (In the Beginning) spacecraft is set to land in the lunar plane known as the Sea of Serenity between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The spacecraft sent back images of the moon’s far side last week. A successful landing will put Israel in the exclusive club that now includes the U.S., Russia, and China.