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Israeli spaceship scheduled to land on the moon next year

Tuesday 10/July/2018 - 08:50 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Israel’s SpaceIL announces planned launch of unmanned craft for December this year and a moon touchdown on February 13، 2019، making Israel the 4th country to accomplish the landing; ‘The first step will be to put up an Israeli flag on the moon،' says SpaceIL’s CEO، as Ynet said.
The Israeli organization SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced at a press conference Tuesday that it hopes to become the first non-governmental Israeli entity to land a spacecraft on the moon.
The spacecraft will be transferred to the US in November، before being launched in December، and plans are in place to land on the moon on February 13، 2019. If successful، Israel would become the fourth country to land a craft on the moon، after the US، the Soviet Union and China.
The spacecraft، which is shaped like a round table with four carbon fiber legs، will be launched from Florida's Cape Canaveralon on a SpaceX'S Falkon 9 rocket in December، and then slingshot around the planet several times to reach the moon. Upon landing، the craft will relay photographs and collect data about the moon's magnetism for research by Israel's Weizmann Institute.
"We will put the Israeli flag on the moon،" said Dr. Ido Anteby، CEO of SpaceIL. "It's a small، smart spacecraft، it has a 2 meters diameter، its height is about 1.5 meters (3.2 feet)، it weighs 600 kilogram، and will land on the moon at the weight of 180 kilograms."
Unlike other spacecrafts، which took several days to reach the moon، SpaceIL's spacecraft will take longer. The launcher will release the spacecraft at the height of 60،000 kilometers، and to save fuel، it will enter an elliptical orbit around the Earth until it reaches the moon.
"The spot chosen is relatively flat and the spacecraft will have eye contact with the Earth... Once the spacecraft reaches the landing point، it becomes completely autonomous، the engines block it until it reaches the ground... The first step will be to put up an Israeli flag on the moon،" he said.

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