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Here's (almost) everything you need to know about Israel's Moon lander

8 Nov 2018, 12:00 UTC
Here's (almost) everything you need to know about Israel's Moon lander SpaceIL

An Israeli spacecraft is gearing up for a 2019 Moon mission that features unique partnerships, investigation of the Moon's origin, and closure for an 11-year-old contest designed to spur commercial lunar activities. SpaceIL, a privately funded Israeli non-profit, designed and built a four-legged lander that will touch down in Mare Serenitatis, one of the dark, lunar basins visible to the naked eye from Earth. The craft, which weighs less than 200 kilograms without fuel, will send home high-definition pictures and video before hopping to a new landing spot half a kilometer away. If successful, the mission will make Israel the fourth country to soft-land on the Moon, following Russia, the United States, and China.

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