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.
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 »
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 »
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 »