Israel Moon Mission

Israel Moon Mission

Question: Which of the following company of Israel launched world`s first privately funded moon mission spacecraft on February 22, 2019?
a) SpaceX
b) Falcon
c) Ureva
d) SpaceIL
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • Israelss non-profit organisation SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries launched worlds first entirely private funded spacecraft of Moon mission on February 22, 2019.
  • The spacecraft was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral by Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX.
  • This made Israel the fourth country after Russia, US and to make a soft landing on the moon.
  • The name of spacecraft is Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis. It weighs 585 kg and is approximately 5 ft tall.
  • This spacecraft will trip for 7 weeks and is expected to touch down by April 11, 2019.
  • The spacecraft also carries instruments for measurement of lunar magnetic field, which will help in understanding moon’s formation.
  • Lunar mission started many decades ago. The Soviet Union landed its Luna 2 mission on the moon in 1959. Three years later, the United States landed Ranger 4 on the moon.

Link:
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/22/middleeast/israel-moon-spacecraft-beresheet-launch-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/05/israels-first-moon-mission-spacecraft-beresheet-sends-back-selfie

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