SpaceIL explained: "While the other Google Lunar X Prize teams developed large rovers to move the required 500 meters on the Moon's surface, in order to conserve mass, SpaceIL developed the idea of a space hop: to have the spacecraft land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500 meters away".
The SpaceIL non-profit organization, which has been developing an unmanned spacecraft for landing on the Moon, today announced at a press conference that it would conducting the launch in December 2018.
Nevertheless, despite concern that its activity would be terminated for lack of money, SpaceIL continued its activity with the aim of adding Israel to the exclusive club of countries that have landed on the Moon, the only members of which are the USA, the former Soviet Union, and China.
The IAI-built spacecraft, which was build in 2013, will be transferred to the United States in November, ahead of the launch.
It will be launched via a rocket from Elon Musk'sSpaceX firm this December, and it's expected to land on the moon on February 13, 2019.
SpaceIL has so far spent about $89 million on the project. Kahn said it would be "a tremendous achievement".
15-foot croc captured in Australia
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Belgium star Hazard: I used to support France growing up
The victor will face either Croatia or England , who play Thursday (2am Malaysia time ), in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. Hazard moved to Lille when he was 14 and he and his brothers used to admire the French 1998 World Cup winning side.
But the $20 million competition was scrapped by the tech giant earlier this year when it became clear none of the five companies would meet a March deadline.
"This project will take the aerospace industry into deep space", said Kahn, SpaceIL's main donor and president.
Ofer Doron, head of IAI's space division, said Israel was "going to show the way for the rest of the world" to send a spacecraft to the Moon at a reasonable cost.
Israel has emerged as a technological titan in recent decades, producing a profusion of high-tech companies and drawing heavy worldwide investment.
The lunar mission is scheduled to last just two days after it touches down.
But the SpaceIL team hopes that putting an Israeli-made module on the moon could help maintain Israel's technological momentum for years to come. Billionaire businessman and SpaceIL project funder Morris Kahn said he'd also like to see the 2019 launch create an "Apollo Effect" - the excitement in the United States after the 1969 moon landing that spurred further scientific research.
Assuming 120 percent of the rookie scale, he'd be on track for a two-year deal worth $5,386,800 ($2,481,000 being the cap hit). According to the NBA Rookie Scale, the first-year salary of a 17th pick should be around $2,067,500.
In this March 8, 2017, file photo, Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia. Supreme Court shows that we also can no longer count on our highest court to uphold these protections".
The phrase later spawned the creation of the group Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on volunteer work. Author Michael Wear, known for his Christian Outreach programs, thought the diss was Trump showing who he really is.
The Duchess of Cambridge paused her maternity leave on Tuesday for a special occasion, close to her heart - literally. The service will be followed by a fly-by at Buckingham Palace and another balcony appearance from the royal family.
Second baseman Jose Altuve, who is making his sixth All-Star appearance and fifth consecutive, was selected as a starter. Boston's Mookie Betts , who leads the major leagues with a.342 batting average, is also an AL outfielder starter.
On their dismissal, curative petitions were filed by the affected parties seeking re-examination of the original verdict. Even the Centre had at that time favoured retention of the provision in the IPC as penal offence.
More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. One woman who filed a report with the AMS said she heard a loud boom after the fireball passed.
He is also a five-time world player of the year, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi . Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to move to Juventus after nine years at Real Madrid , the La Liga side have confirmed.
The Duchess also accessorised with gloves, which she could be seen carrying alongside a clutch, all in ideal tonal coordination. Harry and Meghan will "meet the people of Dublin and visit organisations which are central to Irish life".
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Rescue operation suspended after 8th boy freed from Thai cave
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Barcelona eye move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard
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See a glacier spawn an iceberg in this dramatic video
New York University scientists have captured a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland on video. It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over.
Britain's economy grew by 0.3% in May driven by services
The BoE is expected to raise rates by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent on August 2, according to a Reuters poll of economists. A man takes a photograph of the Canary Wharf financial district from Greenwich Park in London, Britain, January 22, 2017.
Disney's Christopher Robin Sneak Peek Has Adorable Animals
Marc Forster ( Finding Neverland ) directs Christopher Robin from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder . The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers.
Tropical Storm Chris tracking towards Atlantic Canada
Tropical Storm Chris is shown off the eastern coast of North and SC , U.S., in this satellite image July 9, 2018 at 16:12 UTC. Winds are still at 70 miles per hour , making it a strong tropical storm approaching hurricane strength.