A rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft.
The 585-kilogram (1,290-pound) Beresheet lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX company of flamboyant entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The Israeli craft will be placed in Earth orbit, then begin a seven-week trip under its own power to reach the Moon and touch down on April 11 in a large plain.
Other partners are Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s space agency, and the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
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