Israel is all set to launch its first moon mission this week,named Beresheet(Genesis).
The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet spacecraft is to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 0145 GMT on Friday.The mission will be controlled at Yehud,near Tel Aviv.
“We are entering history and are proud to belong to a group that has dreamed and fulfilled the vision shared by many countries in the world but that so far only three of them have accomplished,” SpaceIL president Morris Kahn said.If the mission go successful,Israel will be the fourth nation after Russia,US and China to send a spacecraft to moon.
NASA, which has installed equipment on Genesis to upload its signals from the moon, said last week it aims to land an unmanned vehicle there by 2024, and it is inviting private sector bids to build the US probe.
The Genesis will collect data from the moon and will cover a total distance of 6.5 million kilometre journey.
The $100-million project will measure the lunar magnetic field to help understanding of the moon’s formation.”This is the lowest-budget spacecraft to ever undertake such a mission. The superpowers who managed to land a spacecraft on the moon have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding,” the IAI statement said.
“Beresheet is the first spacecraft to land on the moon as a result of a private initiative, rather than a government.”