Israel’s SpaceIL moon mission launch successful

in israel •  2 months ago

History was made early this morning (Israel time) when Israel’s Beresheet successfully launched as a piggyback ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch.

Named after the first word and book of the Bible and variously translated as “Genesis” or “In the beginning” or “with wisdom”, this lunar lander is an extraordinary achievement on so many levels.

It’s is the first privately funded mission to the moon, done for a tiny budget of less that $100 million, entirely on donations by a not for profit entity -SpaceIL.

In two months time, if it successfully lands on the moon, Israel will join a very exclusive club of nations who have soft landed on the moon. Only the US, Russia and very recently China have achieved this.

A privately funded and Israeli designed and built spacecraft will have beaten the European Space Agency and Japanese Space Agency, organizations with massive budgets and advanced economies more than a dozen times the size of Israel’s.

Built by Israel Aircraft Industries, the lander will form the basis of the world’s first lunar package delivery service, which will deliver scientific payloads to the moon on a commercial basis.

I have been a space nut all my life and today I am very proud to be Israeli.

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This is amazing thing , we are the best country in the world

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We certainly are!
I am constantly amazed by how Israel manages to be world leading in so many different fields on budgets a fraction of what is available in the US, Europe, Japan and China and with a tiny population in comparison.
Living in Tel Aviv, more than half the people I know are in startups, but I know that is not true of the whole country.
It just shows that a very small number of smart, committed people in supportive environment can change the world. And Israel has such extraordinary people in relatively large numbers.

Shabbat Shalom.

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