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Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

14 July 2018

SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries presented the new spacecraft, which took eight years of collaborative efforts, and $95 million to build the smallest aircraft to date.

The project worth $90 million dollars is funded by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and others.

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.

Israel is set to created history with a lunar landing mission scheduled for February 13, 2019.

Josef Weiss, IAI CEO said, "As one who has personally brought the collaboration with SpaceIL to IAI, I regard the launch of the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon as an example of the incredible capabilities one can reach in civilian-space activity".

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It is anticipated that the lander - which will be the smallest craft to land on the moon, weighing only 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) - will take around two months to reach its destination from launch to landing. "Even if they deal with space but do not enter another scientific or engineering field, we have realized the vision". Only Russia, China and the United States have managed to conquer the Moon and wave their flag on Earth's lone natural satellite's. It is estimated to be six and half feet diameter and four-feet high, along with the capacity to achieve a most extreme speed of 22,370 miles for per hour.

According to SpaceIL, once the spacecraft disengages from the launch rocket, it will begin orbiting Earth in continuously larger elliptical orbits. On the Moon, the ship will transmit the data in the IAI Control Center two days before its system is closed.

SpaceIL has continued the moon landing project to serve as a source of inspiration and as fertile ground for a long-term impact on the next generation of scientists and engineers in Israel.

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.

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".

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon