Israel hopes to be the first country to land a privately financed spacecraft on the moon as “Beresheet” — Hebrew for Genesis — lifted off aboard one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets early Friday.
The $100 million joint venture between SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. was financed mostly by Jewish philanthropists including Morris Kahn, SpaceIL’s president and a founder of Amdocs Ltd., and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The probe ended its “ride share” on SpaceX after 38 minutes and, if all goes according to plan, will land in the Sea of Tranquility on April 11, the project’s leaders said several days before the launch.
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