Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Israel Aims to Launch Moon Lander in December

Israel Aims to Launch Moon Lander in December

Israel hopes to be the fourth when it launches a spacecraft this December with an assist from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Only then it will embark on its scientific mission, and will begin to take photos and videos of the landing site, and measure the moon's magnetic field.

SpaceIL was one of five finalists that failed to claim any part of the Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million twenty-first century space race to send the first private mission to the Moon.

"Meet our spacecraft: small, smart and with a lot of Israeli", twitted SpaceIL in a second update.

About it reports Reuters with a reference to the Executive Director SpaceIL IDO Anteby.

The project began when young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - made a decision to build a spacecraft and take part in the Lunar Xprize competition sponsored by Google, which originally included a $20 million prize for the first group of contestants to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

"It's going to show the way for the rest of the world" to send a spacecraft to the moon at a reasonable cost, said IAI's Ofer Doron.

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The first Israeli lunar spacecraft in the clean room.

To date, the Us remains the only country to have successfully conducted manned missions to the moon, with the last departing the lunar surface in December 1972.

"We will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon", Morris Kahn, one of the project's leaders, said announcing the mission.

Israel is expected to make a historic Moon landing early next year with a Moon lander that is set to be launched late 2018.

On the moon, the vessel will transmit data to the control centre at IAI for two days before its systems shut down. Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others. However, Google announced in March that the competition had expired, with the $20 million grand prize remaining unclaimed.

If successful, it will be the smallest probe to ever land on the moon, Anteby said, while also being the first privately funded unmanned spacecraft to achieve this goal. Concurrently, the non-profit is continuing its efforts to raise the funds necessary to complete this mission.

The initiative aims to raise interest in space and science among Israelis and encourage the younger generations to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.

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