An Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft will be launched in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) officials said.
The $95 million project, begun seven years ago as part of a Google technology contest to land a small probe on the moon, was conducted together with IAI.
If all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations – Russia, the US, and China – that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface.
“We will put the Israeli flag on the moon,” said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL.
Read more at Times of Israel.