SpaceIL is backed mainly by private donors, including USA casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and billionaire Morris Kahn who co-founded Amdocs, one of Israel's biggest high-tech companies.
This illustration imagines what the spacecraft would look like on the moon.
The SpaceIL non-profit organization, which has been developing an unmanned spacecraft for landing on the Moon, today announced at a press conference that it would conducting the launch in December 2018. The 585 kilogram (1,289 pound) landing craft will piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon rocket to enter Earth's orbit, then slingshot around the planet several times to reach the moon.
SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries have raised $88 million (£$66 million, AU$118 million) primarily from private donors to fund the project over the past eight years.
The entire endeavour began roughly seven years ago when SpaceIL joined a Google technology contest to land a small, unmanned probed on the moon.
This Israeli spacecraft is expected to land on the moon in early 2019.
Babies Given Solid Foods Sooner May Sleep Better, Study Shows
The NHS Choices website claims this is a mistake - and solid foods will not make babies more likely to sleep through the night. If there is any doubt about what's best for your baby, please seek advice from your doctor or health professional'.
NASA's Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, forced to nap
When flight controllers send commands to wake up the planet hunter, Kepler will re-orient itself and downlink the stored data. If enough fuel remains after the August 2 phone call home, campaign 19 will begin on August 6, NASA officials said.
Une huitième personne a été extraite de la grotte — Thaïlande
Les adolescents devront néanmoins subir divers examens médicaux avant de pouvoir rentrer chez eux et retrouver leur famille. Ouf! Deux garçons qui présentaient des signes de pneumonie ont reçu des antibiotiques et sont dans un " état normal ".
It is about 2m (6.6ft) in diameter and 1.5m high, and will weigh only 585kg (1,300lb) at launch.
Initially, this plan was part of a competition that Google set up called the Lunar XPrize.
The spacecraft is a "hopper", which will land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500m away, as required by the XPrize.
If successful, SpaceIL's mission will make Israel the fourth country in the world to "soft land" a probe on the surface of the Moon - after the former Soviet Union, the United States and China. Kahn said it would be "a tremendous achievement".
The project began when young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - chose to build a spacecraft and take part in the Lunar Xprize competition sponsored by Google, which originally included a $20 million prize for the first group of contestants to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
The aim of the mission is not only to put an Israeli spacecraft on the moon, but to inspire a future generation of Israelis to pursue careers in math, science and engineering, said Joseph Weiss, IAI's president and chief executive.
In exchange for this act of good will, Democrats will insist that Kavanaugh answer all fair questions at his confirmation hearing. Indeed, Vox points out, CNN's Jim Acosta reported that the Trump team reviewed these comments by Kavanaugh before choosing him.
Thank you very much to our fans. "He can feel very comfortable but equally still look very formal and stylish". I'm sure that this is the reason why we have made it to the last eight and showed a decent performance.
In 2016, Daniel Suarez took the NASCAR Xfinity Drivers' Championship in his No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. The Camry has been wildly successful in the Xfinity Series, winning four manufacturer and two driver championships.
With Johnson out, Corbyn sharpened his criticism further. "As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing". Mrs May insists her plans are the "the best way to honour" the Brexit vote, amid a deepening political crisis.
Catherine's parents, her sister and brother-in-law Pippa and James Matthews and her brother James will also be in attendance. Prince George and Princess Charlotte holding onto their father Prince William \'s hands as they leave the chapel.
It was a family affair for the Middletons, who all stepped out on Monday afternoon to celebrate Prince Louis' christening. Prince Louis was christened in an intimate ceremony attended by close friends and family as well as his six godparents.
Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs.
Phase two of Thai cave rescue underway
The operation cranked up again Monday morning local time, which was Sunday night in the USA , and four more boys were brought out. But he could not confirm if all five would come out today. "The rescue has been vast ", said volunteer helper Somjit Saenset, 56.
Jeremy Hunt named as new foreign secretary
Nevertheless, many Brexiteers were furious after Downing Street said it would be be briefing Labour MPs on the Chequers plan. May's government was rocked overnight by the resignations of Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis .
Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave
Some divers rescuing the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have traversed about 10 miles (16 km) over the past two days. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.