First private Israeli lunar mission – Beresheet – to launch in February
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First private Israeli lunar mission – Beresheet – to launch in February

Officials say the landing craft will commence its voyage to the moon in early 2019 from Florida

Israel's first spacecraft is expected to take-off for the moon in Feb
Israel's first spacecraft is expected to take-off for the moon in Feb

An Israeli company says it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon.

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

It had been planned to launch this month.

Israel Aerospace Industries manager Opher Doron stressed that the small craft, about the size of a washing machine, faces a “difficult, arduous journey” because it will have to make a number of orbits before landing.

If successful, the team promises the landing will be a breakthrough for Israeli technology and commercial space travel.

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