The First Privately Funded Lunar Mission Is Set to Launch in 2017
If all goes according to plan, the world’s first private lunar mission will be launched just two years from now. SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit, has secured a launch contract with California-based Spaceflight Industries, and will aim to land a rover on the moon in the second half of 2017. It’s the first such launch contract to be verified by the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize competition.
Only three nations have landed modules on the moon—the US, Russia, and China. If SpaceIL is successful, Israel will be the fourth.
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