Israel's First Moon Mission to Take Off Today From Florida
Israel's First Moon Mission to Take Off Today From Florida
An artist's impression of the Beresheet moon lander.
24 February, 2019, 19:55
On Thursday evening, SpaceX launched its first rocket of the year from Cape Canaveral, and tucked inside was the first lunar lander built with mostly private money.
Israel seeks to become the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, after the Soviet Union, the USA, and China.
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Israel successfully launched its first privately funded spacecraft from Florida in the United States on Friday.
The spacecraft went into orbit at a velocity of 22,000 miles per hour at about 8:45 p.m. EST, after what Reuters described as a "textbook" disengagement from the launch missile.
Space - the Israeli probe will fly to the moon aboard a SpaceX rocket has sent to Israel for the first time, a probe in the direction of the moon.
Other partners are IAI, Israel's space agency its Ministry of Science and Technology. Previously, only the U.S., U.S.S.R, and China have landed spacecraft on the moon. Eastern, deploying the Beresheet lunar lander 33 minutes later, and the Nusantara Satu telecom satellite with the S5 experimental smallsat almost 45 minutes after liftoff.
It is also carrying an Indonesian telecommunications satellite and an experimental US Air Force satellite.
Around the size of a dishwasher, Beresheet is one of three sets of cargo carried by the Falcon 9, part of the private rocket fleet of billionaire PayPal founder Elon Musk's company SpaceX.
Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL'sBeresheet lander separated 33 minutes after liftoff.
A small spacecraft named Beresheettook off on a trip to the moon yesterday, vaulting an improbable group of privately funded Israeli scientists to heights achieved only by the world's largest government space agencies. During this timeBeresheet will be taking the moon's surface photos while measuring its magnetic field as well.
If the mission succeeds, it could unlock information the moon's iron core. The launch was among the three successful missions for the company's rocket booster, which launched two missions successfully in 2018 before returning to land. The spacecraft will collect lunar data and deposit a time capsule that includes children's drawings, the Bible, and Israel's Declaration of Independence.
If Israel's space venture proceeds as planned, it will become the fourth - and by far the smallest - country to do so.
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The Nasantara Satu mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral on February 21, 2019, carrying SpaceIL's lunar lander bound for the moon. Watch history in the making as Israel's Beresheet spacecraft launches upon its historic mission to the moon.
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