First Israel’s spacecraft was launched to the Moon

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Spacecraft Beresheet (or Genesis in Hebrew) was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. On Sunday, it will finish its first orbit around the Earth. The solar waves in space are more powerful than expected and are blinding the spacecraft at the moment. srael is the latest country to launch a spacecraft to explore the Moon. The $100 million mission is headed by SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization based in Israel. The team, named SpaceIL, initially estimated it would have to raise less than $10 million. A decade later, they’ve spent roughly $100 million.

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Morris Kahn, an Israeli software entrepreneur, helped the team sponsoring. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, the Casino magnate, Israel advocate and US political donor, gave a total of $24 million. Other major SpaceIL backers who gave around $5 million each include Nancy and Stephen Grand, a US real estate developer; The Schusterman Foundation, which is backed by an oil and gas fortune; Sami Sagol, whose family made their money in plastics manufacturing; and Canadian-Israeli real estate developer Sylvan Adams gave $5 million. It will take a couple of months for Beresheet to reach the moon, and landing will be the most difficult part. But if it is successful, it will be the first-ever privately funded probe to do so.

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