Israel to launch moon spacecraft

Amazing news!  According to Newser, Israel will launch this week (Feb 18 2019) what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon   The landing craft, dubbed Bereshit, or Genesis, will fly atop a SpaceX Falcon rocket that will be launched from Florida on Thursday (Friday morning time in Israel.)

In the photo to the left, Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division shows the moon lander being readied in a clean room near Tel Aviv.  The small craft, roughly the size of a washing machine, will have to make several orbits before landing on the moon.

 

In related news, I have myself designed a space vehicle designed to fly to the moon.  The vehicle is similar to the Israeli moon lander and also roughly the size of a washing machine.

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