Trying to put the Israeli flag on the moon

Full Interview: SpaceIL founder says his team plans to bring science back to younger generations by winning the Google Lunar X Competition.

By BENJAMIN SPIER, DEBORAH DANAN
August 14, 2011 18:03
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This week, 20 Questions hosts Kfir Damari, the COO and one of the founders of team SpaceIL. The non-profit organization is representing Israel in the Google Lunar X Competition, in which $20 million will be awarded to the first team that lands an unmanned vehicle on the moon, moves it 500 meters, and transmits videos and images back to earth. An additional $10 million will be awarded for achieving other objectives once on the moon.

Damari says that the team hopes to use the competition to promote excitement for science among the younger generation.

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