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Start of a space probe: Israel aims for the moon

A landing on the moon, only the USA, Russia and China is so far successful. Now in the coming night, Israel a try to start with a probe as big as a refrigerator

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Start of a space probe: Israel aims for the moon

A landing on the moon, only the USA, Russia and China is so far successful. Now in the coming night, Israel a try to start with a probe as big as a refrigerator.

By Tim Aßmann, ARD Studio Tel Aviv

There are huge expectations to - at least visually - more of a small flying object. The Israeli moon landing mission was made by the government before the Start in the rank of a national event. When the unmanned spacecraft land on the moon, was the one of the most important moments in the history of Israel, declared to the competent Minister of science, travelled to the Start of the American Cape Canaveral.

Measured at these words, the space ship of the Israeli company's Space comes IL be modest, therefore, explains the head of Space IL Ido Antebi.

"This will be the smallest spacecraft ever landed on the moon. It is a small and very smart spaceship. It has about two meters in diameter and is 1.5 meters high. At the Start it will be 585 pounds, on the moon, it will land only with a weight of 180 kilos."

Israel would be the number four on the moon

If the ship is in the fridge size makes it all the way successful, would be Israel, after the USA, the former Soviet Union, and China the fourth Nation on the moon. The Mission had two objectives, says Antebi:

"It goes to education. We want to bring Israeli children and teenagers to scientific and technical subjects and we hope that this Mission will contribute to this. In addition, we wish us a tail wind for our own space industry."

about as big as a refrigerator: Israel, a space probe sent to the moon

the Mission specific research. Israeli scientists hope to gain insights on the magnetism of the moon rock. Was funded the approximately 100-million-US-Dollar Israeli moon mission so far, mostly from donations. When the unmanned spacecraft reached the moon, should it meet, at least, a very symbolic task.

Flag and Selfie after landing

"right after the landing of the space ship is placed first of all on the Israeli Flag. We are particularly proud of: an Israeli Flag on the moon, Antebi.

During the approach to land in the direction of the moon and even after the arrival of the space ship shots of the country will make space and record Videos. "It will even take a Selfie," added Antebi.

Expected to be in mid-April, the Israeli space ship to reach the moon.

"A big step up for Israel": the moon mission is launched
Tim Aßmann, ARD Tel Aviv
21.02.2019 11:15 a.m.

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