Skip to comments.Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon
Posted on 07/10/2018 4:24:56 PM PDT by ETL
Israel announced Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December 2018, hoping to become the fourth country to land on the moon, following the U.S., Russia and China.
SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries presented the new spacecraft, which took eight years of collaborative efforts, and $95 million to build the smallest aircraft to date.
It is measured to be four-feet high, and 6 ½-feet in diameter, and it will be able to reach a maximum speed of 22,370 miles per hour.
South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride. It is a national accomplishment that will put us on the worlds space map.
The project began when young engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub decided to build a spacecraft and take part in the Lunar Xprize competition sponsored by Google, which originally included a $20 million prize for the first group of contestants to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
Its first task will be to plant an Israeli flag on the moon, organizers said.
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Sorry. It was the first thing that came to mind.
Wasn’t Nose Cohen the first Jewish astronaut?
if anyone has any info what the lander craft will do, scientifically, we’d be thrilled to hear about it
I am absolutely confident that mankind will live on the moon and Mars, and then farther places too..... hoping to last long enough to see it!
smile smile smile
maybe we will discover Obama’s real birth certificate there, too? or probably that’s still on planet Ferengi
At the link it says the mission will include a study of magnetized rocks on the moon.
Just imagine how they will be able to control the Iranian weather now.
i wonder what studying magnetized lunar rocks might disclose?
Mystery of Moon’s Lost Magnetism Solved?
By Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Assistant Managing Editor
November 9, 2011
“When Apollo astronauts brought back samples of moon rocks from their lunar landing missions in the 1960s and ‘70s, some of them shocked scientists by being magnetic. That means that individual rocks might have a magnetic north and south pole and a small magnetic field of their own.
This can happen to rocks with the right minerals inside them, if they cool in the presence of a magnetic field. The problem is, scientists had no idea that the moon had ever had a magnetic field, and were at a loss to explain how that might have happened.”
While I despair for our politics since at least 2008...
I do wish to stay vertical long enough to see mankind having permanent settlements on the moon and Mars, at least.
hope hope hope
It is an interesting question, how the moon rocks became magnetised. Because the moon supposingly doesn’t have an iron core to generate a magnetic field as the Earth does. It has long been believed that the Moon formed from ejecta material from an very early collision between Earth and some mystery planet. The material, so they think, only consisted of mantle material from the Earth. Thus, very little iron.
May the Schwartz be with yoooooooooou!
an orb without a magnetic field... wow...
what would Faraday have done there?
;^) Mel Brooks rooools.
“Ludicrous speed” is a great way to describe the Leftist movement of the Overton Window!
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