Plan to land Israeli spacecraft on moon

SpaceIL has announced on Tuesday to send their first ever spacecraft on the moon.

South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: "The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride".

The project in total has cost $88.5 million so far, reported BBC, with SpaceIL's main partner the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth.

Israeli billionaire philanthropist and SpaceIL President Morris Kahn, who donated around $27 million to the project, told reporters that its goal is in part to inspire young people in Israel to study science and join the country's space projects. "It is a national achievement that will put us on the Globe's space map".

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. The spacecraft will orbit the Moon for nearly two months before landing, where it will record and send video and conduct some small science observations using a magnetometer. It will then begin orbiting the moon, until the appropriate time to begin the landing process. And only the United States has managed to actually land a human on the lunar surface.


On the moon, the spacecraft is expected to be operational for two days and will transmit data to the control center at IAI until its systems shut down.

In the coming months the spacecraft will undergo a series of intensive checks and tests at IAI, to prove that the lander will withstand the launch, flight and landing conditions, said Dr. Ido Anteby, SpaceIL CEO.

For children from any country, SpaceIL introduced its Moon Kids website in English, chock full of fun interactive content about the moon and outer space. The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA.

Israel will launch a rocket from Florida in a bid to become the fourth country to reach the moon.

"The State of Israel, which is already firmly planted in the realm of space in its military activity, must harness resources for the benefit of civilian space, which is an engine of innovation, technology, education and groundbreaking around the world", said Weiss.

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