Watch – Israeli spacecraft Beresheet set for launch to the moon #IsraelToTheMoon

?? SpaceIL, in conjunction with Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the first Israeli spacecraft to land on the moon, “Beresheet”, will be launched this Friday morning.

After a seven-week journey, the spacecraft is expected to land on the moon during April.

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SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries told reporters that the landing craft, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis, will ship from Florida, where, propelled by a SpaceX Falcon rocket launch, it will commence its months-long voyage to the moon.

The launch is due late Thursday in US, early Friday in Israel. It had been originally slated for last December.

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The small craft, roughly the size of a washing machine, will have to make several orbits before landing.

Its first task, however, will be to plant an Israeli flag ?? on the moon ?

Israel’s space program chief Avi Blasberger says he hopes it will create a “Beresheet effect” in Israel, akin to the Apollo effect, to promote science for a new generation of Israelis.

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