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Put Israel today a flag on the moon?
Science Israel as the fourth country ever set foot on the moon. If all goes well, lands the explorer ‘Beresheet’ today, about 22 hours on the surface of the moon. The 585 kilo weighing probe is expected to have a Israeli flag on the moon and the magnetic field investigations.

If it succeeds, Israel is the fourth country on the moon, to know countries, after the Soviet Union (1959), the United States (1964) and China (2013). Europe has one satellite in orbit around the moon. Which beat after nearly three years, according to plan to death. But Europe still has no probes on the moon land. the

Beresheet is Hebrew for ‘genesis' or ‘in the beginning’. The probe is about as big as a washing machine and weighs 585 pounds. The spacecraft will take a time capsule, among other things, the Israeli flag and the national anthem, the Torah and the story of a survivor of the holocaust. The maansonde is developed by the Israeli organization SpaceIL. The team of SpaceIL provides regularly for an update via Twitter. Also the landing send them live.

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The total prijsplaatje of the probe amounted to approximately 84 million euros. And the total cost of the expedition amounts to approximately one hundred million euros. All that was mainly paid for by the billionaire Morris Kahn (good for 27 million dollars), and the business community. One of the engineers from SpaceIL, Eran Shmidt, states that the main mission of the flight is to “Israeli children enthusiastic for the science”.

Despite the large amount it will still be the cheapest moon landing ever. For comparison: the cost of the manned Apollo project, which the American space agency NASA in 1968 as the first moon landing with people realized, amounted to more than € 22 billion. Adjusted for inflation, that would be today 105 billion euros. The biggest difference is the weight. For the Apollo project was a flight of 5.560 kg the space thrown in.


The launch of the explorer at the end of February took place from the well-known baikonur Cape Canaveral in the United States. The Beresheet was transported in a rocket from SpaceX, the space of businessman Elon Musk.

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