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NASA Chief: Israel’s private SpaceIL lunar mission ‘Inspired the World’

Only 7 countries reached the moon, and only 3 were able to make a soft landing: the USSR, the US & in 2013, China…  usually by the way, not on its first attempt.
— Astronaut Buzz Aldrin: “Your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!”

By Ryan Jones


Israel’s lunar lander Beresheet almost made to the moon’s surface in one piece. But, despite a malfunction in the final moments that resulted in a crash landing, SpaceIL and all those involved in the project undoubtedly made history.

More importantly, they succeeded in inspiring a generation, and proving to the world that space exploration can be done much more inexpensively than in the past, opening the door for the private sector and academia to take the lead. Continue Reading »

Israel’s spacecraft ‘Beresheet’ successfully maneuvers around the moon

The engineering teams of SpaceIL & IAI successfully performed their first maneuver around the moon, taking more photos of the far side from 550 km from the moon and 2500 km from the moon.

By Yoni Kempinski


On Sunday morning at 04:36, the engineering team of SpaceIL and IAI, successfully performed the first maneuver around the moon.

During the maneuver, Beresheet’s engines operated for about 271 seconds and the amount of fuel burned was approximately 55 kg.

Beresheet’s image of the Earth & moon. – Photo: SpaceIL, Instagram

In this maneuver, all the engines operated at the same time to slow the spacecraft with maximum thrust to date. Continue Reading »

Israel’s lunar spacecraft sends first ‘selfie’ from space

From 37,600 km (20k miles) from Earth, Beresheet’s first photograph shows the Southern Hemisphere, as Australia can clearly be seen in the background, and attached plaque in the foreground with “Am Yisrael Chai” written in Hebrew (meaning: long live the Nation of Israel).



The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, which was launched off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, two weeks ago on its way to a planned Moon landing next month, took its first selfie in space. The selfie – which was taken some 37,600 km. (20,000 miles) away from Earth – shows the Southern Hemisphere, and Australia can clearly be seen in the background. Continue Reading »

A giant step for mankind, a giant leap for the Jewish State

Op-Ed: When a few young men went to speak with the chairman of the Israeli Space Agency about a decade ago, it was a ‘Genesis’ of an endeavor that exemplifies Israel’s entrepreneurial ethos.

By Isaac Ben Israel


The three young men who came to my office almost a decade ago were disappointed. They have just finished enthusiastically showing me their plan to build a small spacecraft that could land on the moon, send a picture from there, and then leap about 500 meters and send another picture.

“We will do this within 3-4 years, at a cost of $10 million,” said Yariv, Kfir and Yonatan, “and we will win Google’s $20 million prize for the first private (non-governmental) group to do it. Continue Reading »

Israel’s ‘BERESHEET’ ready for launch, and going to the moon TONIGHT!

If launch is successful 🚀, Israel will be the 4th country to land on the Moon, after the U.S.,former USSR and China.
– Due to Israeli technology, the spacecraft is the smallest such craft by weight and least expensive.



Israel will take its first step to the moon late Thursday night, as the lunar spacecraft Beresheet launches from the coast of Cape Canaveral, in a mission that, if successful, will place the Jewish state in an exclusive club of nations capable of landing on the lunar surface.

Beresheet – Genesis in English – will be launched at 3:45 a.m. Continue Reading »

Thursday’s launch to the moon will put Israel with US, Russia & China

If Thursday’s launch of Israel’s Genesis spacecraft is successful, Israel will become the 4th country to land on the moon.
• Genesis technology makes it the lightest, least expensive craft to venture to the moon.

By Ilan Gattegno, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private aircraft to land on the moon.

SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told a news conference that the landing craft – dubbed “Beresheet” (Genesis) – is scheduled to take off from Florida, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket on its weekslong voyage to the moon. Continue Reading »

Israeli spacecraft fits final component for 2019 moon launch – a Torah included

UPDATED: The final element on the Israeli spacecraft called “Beresheet” (“Genesis”) has been installed, a digital time capsule consisting of three discs containing the Torah, Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah”, an Israeli flag, Holocaust testimony and much more.
– Beresheet is set to blast off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2019, making Israel the 4th country to carry out a controlled “soft” moon landing, after the U.S., Russia, and China.

By Reuters


Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon – a digital time capsule – saying they aim to send the craft up early next year and land it between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17. Continue Reading »

Israel Space Agency, NASA sign deal for moon-bound mission

The cooperation agreement allows Israel’s nonprofit SpaceIL’s lunar mission access to NASA tools and services, while NASA will have access to the scientific data returned from the magnetometer installed aboard the Israeli spacecraft.

By ISRAEL21c Staff


The United States space agency, NASA, signed an agreement on October 3 with the Israel Space Agency to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the moon in 2019.

As a part of the agreement, a retro-reflector from NASA will be installed on SpaceIL’s unmanned spacecraft. This instrument reflects laser beams, which will enable NASA to locate the spacecraft precisely on the lunar surface after the landing. Continue Reading »

Israel’s SpaceIL spacecraft scheduled to land on moon by early 2019

Israel to become 4th country to launch spacecraft with moon landing.
– SpaceIL’s CEO, “The spot chosen is relatively flat and the spacecraft will have eye contact with the Earth … Once the spacecraft reaches the landing point, it becomes completely autonomous.”

By Yaron Drukman, Associated Press, and Reuters


The Israeli organization SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced at a press conference Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental Israeli entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.

The spacecraft will be transferred to the US in November, before being launched in December, and plans are in place to land on the moon on February 13, 2019. Continue Reading »

Israel’s spacecraft to the moon begins construction

SpaceIL has undertaken to promote scientific & technological education in Israel, working with Israel Aerospace Industries that is currently assembling SpaceIL’s spacecraft to inspire the next generation in Israel to study science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

By Ynet


SpaceIL, the Israeli representative in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is making giant strides to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, after the base structure of the craft was received at IAI facilities earlier this week.

The skeleton of the spacecraft consists of two perforated “sandwich” boards, upper and lower plates and a cone ring structure.

These components, designed by an aerospace industry and manufactured in Spain by IberEspacio, complement the sub-system structure of the spacecraft to be launched to the moon during the coming year. Continue Reading »

Israel scheduled to be 4th country to land vehicle on the moon


Following the U.S., China & the U.S.S.R., Israel’s SpaceIL team for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition plans to land a dishwasher-sized vehicle in late 2017, to hop across moon’s surface (rather than rove like others) for a $20 million prize.

By Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff


Israel is scheduled to become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon, with a launch planned for the end of 2017 by billionaire businessman Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

The scheduled launch is also set to send several satellites into space, but the Israeli spacecraft is the only one designed to continue to the moon. Continue Reading »

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin speaks at Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem


Famed astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, was honored speaker at the 66th Int’l Astronautical Congress, where over 2,000 people from 58 nations met in Israel. 

By Yaron Druckman


The second man to walk on the moon, former American astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, told a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday that the only reason Neal Armstrong was able to make the historic first step on the moon in July 1969 was “because he was standing closer to the door.”

Aldrin arrived in Israel this week to participate in the 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem, the largest annual event designed for the study and development of the space industry, which is being hosted by the Israel Space Agency.  Continue Reading »

Israeli team signs deal with SpaceX for lead in Google moon race


Israel’s SpaceIL makes deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, accelerating them to front of 16 rival teams and on schedule for blast-off in late 2017.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

With the deadline to win a $20 million first-place prize just two years off, pressure is mounting on the 16 rivals from around the world hoping to complete a privately funded moon landing. Continue Reading »

SEEKING: Ride to the Moon for One Torah


The Israel based ‘Torah on the Moon’ project has commissioned the European Space Agency to carry a special capsule designed to protect the Torah for at least 10,000 years.



The European Space Agency has been commissioned to participate in a project to carry a Torah scroll to the moon, according to New Scientist magazine.

Scribe completes Torah scroll

An ultra-Orthodox scribe completing a Torah scroll. Combining all five books together revolutionized Hebrew printing. – Photo: AP

The commission, which was confirmed by the agency’s engineering arm in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, came from a Tel Aviv-based group called, appropriately, the Torah on the Moon project.

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Casino tycoon Adelson donates $16.4 million for Israel space project


SpaceIL, reports to building the world’s smallest spacecraft, is participating in the prestigious Google Lunar X Prize competition.



Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife have donated $16.4 million to SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.


SpaceIL is participating in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. – Photo: Screenshot

SpaceIL, a participant in the prestigious Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition, announced the donation in a press release on Wednesday.

“Sheldon and I are very excited to be supporting SpaceIL in an effort to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon,” said Dr.

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