Space Race to Moon

SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit organization, expects to land on the Moon in February 2019. The Moon Probe  will launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December 2018 on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. The spacecraft will plant an Israeli flag on the Moon’s surface and carry out research into its magnetic field.

SpaceIL began in 2011, and competed in the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) contest to land a spacecraft on the Moon. The Google Lunar XPrize offered $30m (£23m) in prizes. However, the competition expired in March 2018, with the $20m grand prize for landing on the Moon unclaimed.

SpaceIL continued developing its spacecraft, which is being built in co-operation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), an Israeli, state-owned firm. So far it has spent about $88.5m, much of which it has received from the South African-born Israeli billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn.
On the Left, part of the team (Yanki Margalit, Shimon Peres, and Yariv Bash) in December 2011.
On the right, a model of the SpaceIL spacecraft, named Sparrow.
Both were presented at the 66th IAC in October 2015. For more from Wikipedia, go here.

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