The incredible story of Israel’s journey to the moon

by Leah Rosenberg

Many countries have sent spacecraft on a journey to space. But this story is different. The journey and hope of not only one man but of many others.


A small robotic lunar lander and lunar probe. It’s net mass was 150 kilograms (330lb). The spacecraft was about the size of a washing machine. The cost of the project was about $100 million.

Bereshit was launched on February 21st 2019. It was controlled by the command center in Yehud, Israel. Bereshit is known for its famous selfie it sent back with the Earth in the background. It entered lunar orbit on 4th April 2019 and was due to land 11th April.

April 11th came, and many Israeli’s were gathered around their televisions or laptops ready to watch the land. However, tragedy struck, as the spacecraft drew closer to land, the braking procedure failed and ground control lost communication. But not before landing did the spacecraft send back a selfie with the moon in the background.

However, Space IL who helped organize Bereshit have already said they are going to start working on Bereshit 2.0. There have many discussions of what the next space craft will be called. Will it be Bereshit 2.0? Or how about Shemot? (the book in the Bible that follows Bereshit) or Noach? (the Torah portion after Bereshit). Some have even suggested Bamidbar. In this book in the Bible, the Jews wandered for 40 years in the desert, wondering whether the next space craft will wonder for 40 years in space.


Bereshit was not only just a spacecraft going into space. But the hope the people had building was that it would inspire children to enter to work in the scientific field. One of the aims was to inspire children. Whether these children go to work in the science field and send a spacecraft into space, we will just have to wait and see.

The children are our future, today we need to make sure we inspire them. They are our tomorrow.

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