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Israeli company plans lunar landing next year - 7/10/2018 8:31:48 AM

Moon landing SpaceIL lunar probe SPACEIL GETTYMoon landing SpaceIL's lunar probe will launch by the end of the year
Sandy Nunez | 13 July, 2018, 16:14

It will be launched on a SpaceX missile from Cape Canaveral, Florida, which will release its history-making cargo 60,000 kilometers from the moon.

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries have raised $88 million (£$66 million, AU$118 million) primarily from private donors to fund the project over the past eight years.

The research, conducted in cooperation with scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, will use a magnetometer on the spacecraft to attempt to understand how the rocks on the moon received their magnetism.

A key figure to hop on board the project was Morris Kahn, a South African-born Israeli billionaire, who heard SpaceIL present their project.

The project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which offered United States dollars 30 million (25 million euros) in prizes to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs to come up with relatively low-priced moon missions.

The CEO of the nonprofit SpaceIL, Ido Anteby, said that their spacecraft will be the smallest one ever to land on the surface of the moon.

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The project culminated in the design of an Israeli lunar probe, which SpaceIL claimed would launch regardless of the contest's outcome. The only other countries who have managed to land on the moon are the U.S., Russia, and China.

The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride. Once the mission is accomplished, the developer said the spacecraft will remain on the moon as a "symbol of Israeli success". Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, from government companies and from the academia have joined as well.

On the moon, the vessel will transmit data to the control centre at IAI for two days before its systems shut down.

"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 and education around the world", IAI Chief Executive Officer Yossi Weiss said. Google Lunar prize was intended as reward for the first commercial organization which will land a spacecraft on the Moon.

The competition, however, ended with no victor on March 31, when Google announced that it would no longer sponsor it. This way, they will raise interest in space among the people in Israel, and will also encourage young generations to study STEM.