Israeli Spacecraft Heading to Moon |
February 22, 2019
An Israeli spacecraft is on its way to the moon.
It was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday night from Cape Canaveral
in the southern U.S. state of Florida.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watched the takeoff of the unmanned mission
live in Israel at the control center of Israel Aerospace Industries.
The Israeli craft is expected to reach its destination on April 11, making
Israel the fourth country to land on the moon, behind the U.S., Russia and
The $100 million mission was financed mainly through private donors.
The craft's name is Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis or "In the Beginning."
Beresheet is designed to measure the moon's magnetic field.
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