Israel’s first lunar probe now has a launch date after a delay since late 2018.
The ambitious project began as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, which in 2010 offered $30 million (25 million euros) in awards to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs to come up with relatively low-cost moon missions.
Although the Google prize expired in March without a winner having reached the moon, Israel’s team pledged to push forward.
The vessel will transmit data to the control center at the Israel Aerospace Industries for two days before its systems shut down.
So far, only the U.S., Russia and China have landed spacecrafts on the moon.
The first Israeli astronaut for NASA was Ilan Ramon, who was among those killed when Space Shuttle Columbia crashed on February 1, 2003.