Israel will Launch its Spaceship with Elon Musk’s help

The 585 kilogram landing craft will piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon rocket to enter Earth’s orbit then slingshot around the planet several times to reach the moon

The unmanned spacecraft, shaped like a pod and weighing some 585 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds) at launch, will land on the moon on February 13, 2019 if all goes according to plan, organisers SpaceIL told journalists.

The spaceship that Israel will send on a two-month expedition is going to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. If successful, Israel would become the world's fourth country to land on the moon - a feat only Russian Federation, the United States and China have achieved.

SpaceIL is a non-profit organization and was founded in 2011 by three young engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub with an aim to land their first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon under the Google's Lunar Xprize.

President of SpaceIL, Morris Kahn, the South African born millionaire and humanitarian who contributed around $27 million to the mission expressed in a news bulletin conference: "We are creating history". The spacecraft will orbit the Moon for nearly two months before landing, where it will record and send video and conduct some small science observations using a magnetometer. The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth.

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"After eight challenging years, 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", Kahn said.

Young Israeli scientists Yarivi Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub chose to join the fight.

"We will put the Israeli flag on the Moon", SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby said at a press event, The Times of Israel reports. When it reaches the right altitude, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it. "Even if they deal with space but do not enter another scientific or engineering field, we have realized the vision". Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others. Considering the smaller size and fuel capacity, the vehicle will not take a direct route towards the moon, which lasts four days, but instead will orbit the Earth to reach its destination.

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