SpaceX successfully sends Israel’s historic moon mission on its way
The first privately funded moon lander mission blasts off ready to make history.by Eric Mack and Jackson Ryan / Cnet
On Thursday evening, just after 5:45 p.m. PT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a small spacecraft on its way to the moon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And if the little lander, known as Beresheet, makes it all the way to the lunar surface, it'll mark several milestones that've been years in the making.
SpaceIL, the Israel-based nonprofit that's been working on the lander for eight years, is one of the. Though the competition SpaceIL is now poised to be the first among nearly 30 teams to make it to the moon on its own anyway.
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