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Israel wants to conquer the moon in early 2019

14 July 2018

The 1,289-pound landing craft will piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to enter Earth's orbit, then slingshot around the planet several times to reach the moon.

Israel is planning to land a spacecraft on the moon in early 2019, scientists announced on Tuesday.

December space launch is a joint venture between SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

The spaceship that Israel will send on a two-month expedition is going to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. SpaceIL is committed to inspiring the next generation in Israel and around the world and Israel will become the fourth nation after the U.S., the Soviet Union and China to land on the moon.

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"I am filled with pride that the first Israeli spacecraft, which is in its final construction and testing phases, will soon be making its way to the moon".

Its first task will be to plant an Israeli flag on the moon, organizers said.

According to the officials from IAI, Israel is aiming to extend its existing military activity in space to a civilian one, contributing to the development of technology, education and innovation around the world.

They may not have succeeded in winning the Google Lunar X Prize, but the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL organisation is still shooting for the Moon and plans to send its lander to the lunar surface by the end of the year.

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Hopefully, the success of the mission will inspire scientific curiosity among Israeli youth.Kahn said, "We are trying to replicate the Apollo effect in America", referring to the American program, which first landed on the Moon in 1969."If we continue to be a start-up country, then we have to meet engineers."But before its launch, according to Damari, the pod and its project have shown great interest among the children". Its expected maximum speed could exceed 10 kilometers per second. The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth.

Despite financial pitfalls in recent years that almost saw SpaceIL's spacecraft grounded permanently, the team is confident December's launch will take place on time. The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA.

No government has landed a craft on the moon since the 1970s, but interest has revived recently.

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Israel wants to conquer the moon in early 2019