Photos From SpaceX’s 70th Launch of Lunar Lander for Israel

Israel Joins Race To Space: Liftoff Set For Thursday

The spacecraft - called Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis or "In The Beginning" - will take almost two months to reach the moon.

The 585-kilogram, dishwasher-sized lander was built by Israeli nonprofit space venture SpaceIL and state-owned defence contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with $US100 million furnished nearly entirely by private donors.

The launch is the start of the Nusantara Satu mission for SpaceX involving an Indonesian communications satellite.

The Beresheet - Hebrew for "in the beginning" - will take around eight weeks to complete its mission.

US satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral, a Maxar company, purchased the Falcon 9 launch on behalf of its customer Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, or PSN.

Should it successfully land, Israel will join an elite company of nations who have put landers on the moon, the United States, the former Soviet Union, and the Peoples Republic of China. The mission's total cost, including launch, is about $100 million, team members have said. He said it was thrilling to witness the launch in person and to know Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was watching it live from the control center in Yehud, Israel.

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But some of the teams persisted, determined to land on the moon even without the incentive of $30 million in prize money.

Israel seeks to become only the fourth country to successfully land on the moon, after Russian Federation, the USA and China. Beresheet-which is roughly the size of a washing machine-will beam back images of the lunar surface and carry out measurements of the lunar magnetic field. Last month Israel Aerospace Industries partnered with German spacecraft builder OHB to offer a version of the lander it built for SpaceIL to the European Space Agency for commercial delivery of payloads to the moon's surface.

The Nasantara Satu mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral on February 21, 2019, carrying SpaceIL's lunar lander bound for the moon. "We are the first nongovernmental mission to the moon, and we're the first-ever moon mission to use a commercial launch". This means they're sharing their payload with another satellite launching to Earth orbit, and that they can't choose their initial orbit very carefully.

SpaceIL and IAI kept the price tag so low in part by sharing a ride on the Falcon 9, which lofted two other spacecraft to Earth orbit last night as well. NASA has a laser reflector aboard Beresheet and is offering its Deep Space Network for communication. Once it lands, the probe will conduct various experiments on the Moon's surface, testing its magnetism and geology.

We received the first sign of life & data from #Beresheet & the #spacecraft deployed its landing legs as expected.

Under the original terms of the Google Lunar X Prize contest, Beresheet would have been required to fire thrusters and hop to a new location at least 500 meters away from the landing site.

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