Spider-like Spacecraft to Land on the Moon Next Year
Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries' space division, speaks beside the SpaceIL lunar module, in a special "clean room" where the space craft is being developed, during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their unmanned craft in December hoping to become the first non-governmental entity to land a spacecraft on the moon. (AP Photo/Ilan Ben Zion)
An unmanned spacecraft built by Israel is expected to land on the moon by next year.
SpaceIL is a spider-like craft that is planned to lift-off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida in December.
The craft will then arrive at the moon on February 13th, 2019.
In addition to taking video and pictures of the lunar surface, the spacecraft will conduct experiments on the moon’s magnetic field.