Team wants Israel to be third country to reach moon

February 12, 2013 15:55

Team SpaceIL is entering Google space race with a nanorocket bearing Israeli flag.

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moon 521. (photo credit:Israel Weiss)

A team of scientists and space enthusiasts is aiming to make Israel the third country to reach the moon, with a little help from an entrepreneur donor.

Team SpaceIL has developed a nanorocket, and is entering the Google Lunar X Prize - a global lunar competition whose prize is a whopping $30 million.

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SpaceIL’s ship is designed to be the smallest craft possible, and built using the latest nanotechnology. The team has planning the smallest spacecraft in the world and the first ever nano-spaceship to land on the moon.

The competition requires entrants to successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the moon. The spacecraft must then travel across the surface of the moon, and send data back to Earth. Space IL's craft bears an Israeli flag

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