Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission
Israel is poised to become the fourth country to reach the moon, a feat that only the US, Russia, and China have pulled off so far. The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is partner in a mission that aims to land Beresheet, a robotic lander, on the lunar surface in order to collect data from the moon’s magnetic field.
The privately-funded mission is using rockets developed by SpaceX, the aerospace company of Elon Musk. The spacecraft cost about $100 million, which is far cheaper than the vessels that were used for previous lunar missions.