Israel launches its first moon spacecraft in December

Israel declared on Tuesday that it will dispatch its first moon mission in somewhere in December 2018, planning to secure a place to be the fourth nation to arrive on the moon, following Russian Federation, the US, and China.

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"Our mission was never about winning the prize money - although $20 million would have been nice", said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby.

Three young engineers formed the SpaceIL and partnered with the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, reimagining a smaller craft while they believed they could descend on the moon by 2013.

The entire journey, from launch to landing, will last approximately two months.

Israel is set to become the fourth country to send a spaceship to the moon.

It is anticipated that the lander - which will be the smallest craft to land on the moon, weighing only 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) - will take around two months to reach its destination from launch to landing.

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Planners with the $95 million project, largely funded by South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and other donors, hope to land on the moon on February 13.

News Brief: SpaceIL, an Israeli team that was once a competitor in the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize, says it will have its lander launched toward the moon in December.

Anteby said the SpaceIL craft - bearing an Israeli flag - will disengage from the launch rocket at an altitude of 60,000 kilometers (37,282 miles) and will begin orbiting Earth in elliptical orbits.

SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit, has announced plans to send the first privately funded unmanned spacecraft to the moon.

"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", said Kahn.

At this point, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it.

"What we're doing is we're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the United States", Kahn told reporters, referring to the surge in interest in science and engineering after the USA space program landed on the moon in 1969. The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA.

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