Israel is preparing to launch its first spacecraft on the Moon in February and join the list of three countries (Russia, US and China) that have already sent spacecraft to the Earth's natural satellite, # 39; Institut Weizmann de Ciencias.
Beresheet calls, the astronaut He was transported to Florida last week to be launched from the Cap Canyar Air Force Station. The Israeli ship will fly to the lunar surface in the Falcon 9 American rocket of the SpaceX company. The launch is scheduled for the month of February and, according to the plan, He expects to land on the Moon two months later.
Once there, the spacecraft will create a profile of the magnetic field of the Moon and transport a time capsule with national, cultural and traditional Israel symbols.
The Israeli company SpaceIL, manufacturer of the ship, was created in 2011 for the competition Google Lunar XPRIZE. This challenge awards a prize $ 20 million for the device that Before arriving to the natural satellite of the Earth and complete the rest of the proposed objectives (perform a successful landing on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters and transmit videos and photos of high definition to Earth).
The team says that its purpose is not only to win the competition, but to inspire citizens of the country and the rest of the world an "educational impact" and Boost the interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.