Israel Heads to the Moon

Photo: Adam Cebula


A private Israeli company is set to land a probe on the Moon.

SpaceIL manufactured the small craft as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE project, a challenge for private companies to make a moon landing.

"We will put the Israeli flag on the moon," said Ido Anteby, CEO of the company, according to the Times of Israel.

"In the first stage the Israeli flag will be put on the moon," he added. "During the landing the craft will photograph the landing area with stills and video and even record itself."

Company President Morris Kahn, who donated millions to the project, said, "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon."

Only three countries have landed probes on the moon.

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