Israel’s Moon Selfie Could Be Worth -$99 Million
If Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft successfully lands on the moon next month, the $100 million venture could win a $1 million prize from the X Prize Foundation
Adi Pick | 11:53 31.03.2019
Israel’s $100 million moon landing venture could land it a $1 million prize. California-based non-profit the X Prize Foundation announced Thursday that it will hand out a $1 million award to Israeli non-profit SpaceIL if it will safely land its Beresheet spacecraft on the moon, as it is expected to do next month.
Beresheet is a private venture by SpaceIL—founded in 2011 to compete in Google’s 10-year space race competition Lunar X Prize— in partnership with Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). The project cost around $100 million according to IAI statements.
The spacecraft is set to land on the moon on April 11 and take photographs of the landing site, including a selfie. Beresheet will measure the moon’s magnetic fields before succumbing to the sun’s heat soon after.If successful, Beresheet could be the first non-state-owned spacecraft to reach the moon’s surface, making Israel the fourth country to land a vehicle on the moon after the U.S., Russia, and China.
That'll show those antisemites that think we're good with money
I second StE. This article exudes petty and sour aftertaste. It leaves an empty pit. Is the writer upending or disdaining science and learning in favor of cheap humor?
Sack the editor
The title is the most misleading, clickbaity thing I've seen in a long time.