Israel launches its first Moonshot on Friday

Israel’s first Moonshot is to be launched by SpaceX early Friday by a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida. The rocket will carry Israel’s first unmanned spacecraft to the Moon, for a mission assisted by NASA. The Israeli-made lander will travel through space over the next two months and then try to land on the lunar surface. If the touchdown is a success, it will be the first time that a vehicle made with mostly private money has ever landed on the Moon or any other planetary body. The lander is called Beresheet, the Hebrew word for “Genesis,” and it’s the creation of an Israeli nonprofit called SpaceIL which has raised around $100 for the project. Israel will be the fourth country to land a probe on the Moon. In addition to scientific instruments, the ‘Genesis’ probe will carry an Israeli flag and a copy of the Bible on a small metal disc.

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Israel launches its first Moonshot on Friday

  • Feb 20, 2019 @ 13:04 at 13:04
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    Can somebody explain why the need for the Bible on a shiny disc on a Space Craft that may or may not land on the Moon? Seriously do they think that some Alien race is up there that cares????

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    • Feb 20, 2019 @ 15:17 at 15:17
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      The Torah is universal which includes the Moon.

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  • Feb 20, 2019 @ 14:43 at 14:43
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    It touches my heart to know the word of God will be there, for a symbolic gesture of love and peace, if for no other reason.

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  • Feb 20, 2019 @ 14:47 at 14:47
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    $100 is a budget price indeed for a moon landing.

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  • Feb 20, 2019 @ 19:48 at 19:48
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    Wow! $100 would only pay for about an hour’s wage for a NASA Contractor.

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  • Feb 21, 2019 @ 0:07 at 0:07
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    Another Nakba! Now Israel is BUILDING SETTLEMENTS on the MOON!

    The UNSC wants an emergency meeting.

    Actually “the farthest mosque” belongs on the far side of the Moon.

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  • Feb 21, 2019 @ 0:41 at 0:41
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    There’s a Chabad house already there to welcome Shabbat and the the travelers from Eretz Yisrael.

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  • Feb 21, 2019 @ 2:32 at 2:32
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    Israel will be the sixth country to land an unmanned probe on the moon. The Soviet Union, United States, Japan, India, and the Peoples Republic of China have landed spacecraft on the moon before.

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  • Feb 21, 2019 @ 4:36 at 4:36
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    Israel is breaking the ground for a settlement….That will resettle Hamas Hizballah and and Mad Iranian Mullahs on the Moon…

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  • Feb 21, 2019 @ 6:29 at 6:29
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    $100? Does that mean I can sell my TV and start my own space program?

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