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SpaceX Is Launching Israel's First Mission to the Moon Tonight

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Israel's first moon mission blasted off from Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Friday.

Israel's state-owned satellite manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries built the Beresheet lander. Originally the company was started with the aim to win the launched in 2007, the Google Lunar X-Prize - the managed neither you nor the competitors, to the moon, but the Israelis fly now anyway.

The technology created by the engineers is called Beresheet, which means "in the beginning" when translated from Hebrew, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The lander will use a thruster from Norwegian supplier Nammo to reach the moon, and to conduct a 500-meter "hop" to another location on the lunar surface.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Israeli rover is expected to reach the moon sometime in April.

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Additional donors include Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, whose $24 million contribution enabled the project to continue to be be first private system to land on the Moon.

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday evening with a pair of satellites and an Israeli moon lander aboard.

SpaceIL officials have said they hope Beresheet will help inspire Israel's defense-focused space program to pursue more science-oriented missions.

In July 2018, the head of NASA had entered into an agreement with the "Israeli Space Agency" (ISA) for the "SpaceIL" on the mission.

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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.

A decision to make the lunar hop won't be made until after the landing in April, but there's really nothing to gain from such a manoeuvre - one that could unnecessarily damage the probe.

It is also carrying an Indonesian telecommunications satellite and an experimental US Air Force satellite.

It will also measure the moon's magnetic field and send all the data back to SpaceIL's Israel-based ground station Yehud, via NASA's Deep Space Network, he said. Since then there have been other missions, where the devices landed on the moon - such as the Chinese lunar vehicle "Yutu".

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Formed in 2011, SpaceIL were the first team to announce a signed launch contract and in January 2017 were named as one of the five finalists in the competition. The time capsule will remain on the moon, so that the information it carries is destined to remain there for an indefinite period, to be found by future generations.

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