Israeli Spacecraft Sets Off On First Private Lunar Mission

Credit: Carleton Bailie
CAPE CANAVERAL—An privately owned Israeli spacecraft hitched a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Feb. 21, aiming to become the first commercial expedition to the surface of the Moon. The lander, called Beresheet—Hebrew for “in the beginning”—was a contender in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize...

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