SpaceX Is Launching Israels First Mission to the Moon Tonight

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface SpaceX is launching Israel’s first mission to the moon tonight and live streaming the historic liftoff for fans.On Feb. 21, the Beresheet robotic lunar lander is set to take off on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Space.com reported. This major liftoff, which will take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:45 p.m. EST, will begin Israel’s first eight-week journey to the moon. Fans can watch all the action on SpaceX’s website or SpaceIL’s Facebook page.Beresheet was created by SpaceIL, an Israel-based nonprofit, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s largest aerospace company. SpaceIL and IAI are attempting a major space milestone: Israel hasn’t landed a lunar lander on the moon’s surface before, so this mission will be a first for the nation. Additionally, it would be the first-ever private lunar landing, Business Insider reported. According to SpaceIL representatives, the mission’s total cost, including the historic launch, is only $100 million.#IsraelToTheMoon! Here are 3 LIVESTREAM links https://t.co/qMPKCMH94O pic.twitter.com/j3CdfXB56a— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) February 20, 2019The 1.5-meter Beresheet is expected to land on the moon on April 11. Once it arrives on the lunar surface, it will study the moon’s local magnetic field and craters on its two Earth-day surface mission. The lander will also carry a time capsule, which contains a “Lunar Library.” As a project of the Arch Mission Foundation, a nonprofit that archives humanity’s important milestones, it will carry the English-version of Wikipedia and keys to 5,000 languages.More on Geek.com:Neptune’s Tiny Moon Hippocamp May Be Debris From Larger SatelliteNASA Prepares for Mission to Explore Jupiter’s Icy Moon EuropaEarth’s Oldest Rock Found Amidst Apollo 14 Moon Sample Stay on targetlast_img

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