Israel announced on Tuesday that it is all set to launch its very first lunar mission in December 2018 aspiring to become the fourth country to stand in the list of moon travelers, after the U.S, Russia, and China. The Israel aerospace industries in collaboration with the Space-IL developed the new spacecraft over a long period of eight years. According to the reports, more than $95 million has been invested for the development of this spacecraft.
The Israel spacecraft measures to be 4 ft in height and 6 1/2 ft. in diameter, and it can reach up to a maximum speed of 22, 370 miles per hour. Mr. Morris Kahn, the South African-Israeli multi-billionaire and the president of Space IL came forward to donate $27 million for the mission accomplishment and when asked about his excitement, he said that the launch of the first spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year with glory and pride. Further, he added that it is a news to celebrate for the entire country as it is a national accomplishment that will list Israel’s name into the group of countries traveling to the moon in the world map.
The mission to create a spacecraft basically started when the young engineers named Kfir Dameri, Yonatan Winetraub, and Yariv Bash came forward to build a spacecraft and participated in the Lunar X Prize competition that was held by Google. The prize money for the first group to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon’s surface was $20 million.
According to the reports, the first task of this spacecraft would be to host an Israeli flag on the moon’s surface. Only after that it would begin the scientific missions and capture images and videos of the surface while landing and also measure the magnetic field of the moon.
The research has been conducted in collaboration with the scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehvoot and it will also make use of a magnetometer on the spacecraft in order to understand the science behind how the rocks on the moon’s surface get their magnetism. The spacecraft is all set to be launched through a rocket of the Elon Musk’s Space X company in December and most expectantly it will be landing on the moon’s surface by 13th of February, 2019.