Israel launches Moon mission | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, February 23, 2019

Israel launches Moon mission

An unmanned rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state. The 585-kilogram Beresheet, which means "Genesis" in Hebrew, lifted off at 0145 GMT Friday atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX company. So far, only Russia, the United States and China have made the 384,000-kilometer (239,000-mile) journey and landed spacecraft on the Moon.

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