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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (right) and SpaceIL president Morris Kahn at an introduction of the Israeli spacecraft "Beresheet" at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Feb. 17, 2018. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Israel is $70 million closer to its second lunar mission

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From the moment Israel’s “Beresheet” unmanned lunar crashed on the Moon in April 2019, project leaders and backers pledged to try again. Now the “Beresheet 2” mission is getting closer to reality, as SpaceIL has raised $70 million from entrepreneurs and...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (left) and Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay display a schematic for the “Beresheet 2” lunar probe, Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Israel launches second space program to put a lander on the moon

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Israel on Wednesday launched its “Beresheet 2” project, the country’s second lunar mission. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the ceremony, which was joined online by schoolchildren, students and volunteers from six space centers around...
NASA released photos of the crash area by SpaceIL's “Beresheet” spacecraft, which failed to land on the moon on April 11, 2019. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

NASA releases photographs of ‘Beresheet’ lunar crash

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NASA released pictures Wednesday of the moon after Israel’s “Beresheet” spacecraft crashed on the moon last month. “The cameras captured a dark smudge, about 10 meters wide, that indicates the point of impact,” said NASA....
Selfie image as the spacecraft prepared for its lunar landing. Credit: “Beresheet.”

XPRIZE to award $1 million to SpaceIL for orbiting moon

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The nonprofit organization XPRIZE announced on Friday that it will award SpaceIL with a $1 million award for being just the seventh nation to orbit the moon, despite not landing on the moonon Thursday after a failure...
Selfie image as the spacecraft prepared for its lunar landing. Credit: “Beresheet.”

Mission (almost) accomplished: Israel’s ‘Beresheet’ spacecraft crashes into surface of moon

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In the end, the Israeli spacecraft “Beresheet” did not land on the moon on Thursday after a failure in its main engine just before touchdown that caused it to crash into the lunar surface. “Beresheet,”...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (right) and SpaceIL president Morris Kahn at an introduction of the Israeli spacecraft "Beresheet" at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Feb. 17, 2018. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

WATCH: Israel gears up for moon landing, to be broadcast live from SpaceIL control...

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The Israeli spacecraft “Beresheet” prepared to make history on Thursday night, making Israel the fourth country on the planet to have landed a spacecraft on the Moon. “Beresheet,” named after the first word and the...
Packed inside a temperature-controlled shipping container, Israel’s first lunar spacecraft, named “Beresheet,” was loaded onto a cargo plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Jan. 17, 2019, to be flown to Florida ahead of its scheduled launch in mid-February. Photo by Eliran Avital.

Ahead of moon mission, SpaceIL transports first Israeli spacecraft to Florida

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Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s first lunar spacecraft began a historic journey to the moon on Jan. 17, when it was transported in a cargo plane from Ben-Gurion International Airport to...
Israel will send a time capsule along with an Israeli spacecraft on the Jewish state’s first mission to the moon, expected to launch in February 2019. Credit: Yoav Weiss.

Israel to send time capsule in historic mission to the moon

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Israel will send a time capsule along with an Israeli spacecraft on the Jewish state’s first mission to the moon in 2019. The capsule will consist of the Bible, pictures of Israeli symbols like the flag, Israeli...
The SpaceIL lunar space craft.

Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in early 2019

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Israel will be the fourth nation on the planet to land a spacecraft on the moon, when its SpaceIL touches down on Earth’s only natural satellite on Feb. 13, 2019. The other countries to have...