Google pulled its sponsorship of the $30 million X Prize competition to land a privately owned spacecraft on the Moon, a race intended to spark commercial lunar development, more than a year ago, but that has not stopped Israeli contender SpaceIL from taking the giant leap.  On Feb. 21, the lander Beresheet—Hebrew for “in the beginning”—hitched a ride aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Indonesia’s Nusantara Satu satellite into orbit and set off ...


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