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Launch successful: Israel becomes fourth country to launch mission to the moon

An artist's impression of the Beresheet moon lander.             
    SpaceIL An artist's impression of the Beresheet moon lander. SpaceIL
Sandra Phillips | 24 February, 2019, 18:15

Once SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket brings the lunar lander into orbit around the earth, Beresheet will leave SpaceX behind and make its way, alone, to the surface of the moon.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was watching the launch live from the Israeli control center in Yehud, near Tel Aviv.

If all goes according to plan for Beresheet, the lander will arrive on the near-side of the moon in mid-April following a two-month journey through 4 million miles (6.5 million km) of space.

Also on board, was Indonesian telecommunications satellite Nusantara Satu, and an experimental spacecraft called S5, created by the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Despite the financial troubles that prevented it from making the Xprize deadline, SpaceIL found more funding and is continuing the mission without the promise of a $20 million prize.

SpaceIL was established in 2011, aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.

It was backed notably by businessman and philanthropist Morris Kahn, who financed the development of a craft.

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Beresheet, a $100 million project, was developed by Israel's non-profit SpaceIL and its partners.

"Congratulations to SpaceIL and the Israel Space Agency", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in an agency press release. Previously, only the U.S., U.S.S.R, and China have landed spacecraft on the moon.

If successful, Israel will be the fourth country to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface. It includes an Israeli spacecraft that represents the first privately-funded lunar mission. Technically, it is far from a trivial mission.

Beresheet was originally created to compete for the $US20 million ($28 million) Google Lunar X Prize, which was discontinued on 23 January 2018 because "no team will make a launch attempt to reach the moon by the March 31, 2018, deadline", in the words of X Prize founder and chairman Peter Diamandis.

Stored inside is a totem to the nation: a time capsule in the form of three disks containing Israeli artefacts such as its Proclamation of Independence, national songs and drawings by Israeli children.

Speaking on the stream, SpaceX manufacturing engineer Jessie Anderson said: "We do have a successful first stage landing despite the challenging conditions here". "We are the first nongovernmental mission to the moon, and we're the first-ever moon mission to use a commercial launch". Once it lands, the probe will conduct various experiments on the Moon's surface, testing its magnetism and geology.

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