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    Israelis to land on the Moon on the cheap?

    The Israeli Shavit rocket produces less thrust than a Thiokol Shuttle booster. Can they really land a
    dishwasher-size
    object on the Moon cheaply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
    The Israeli Shavit rocket produces less thrust than a Thiokol Shuttle booster. Can they really land a
    dishwasher-size
    object on the Moon cheaply?
    No; the article says so.
    Israel, which has experience in sending spy satellites to the lower orbit, does not have capabilities to launch into space, although the Israeli Space Agency is looking to develop a civilian space programme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
    The Israeli Shavit rocket produces less thrust than a Thiokol Shuttle booster. Can they really land a
    dishwasher-size
    object on the Moon cheaply?
    This is an independent Israeli team entered in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition; if they fly it will be on a US/Russian/European rocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    This is an independent Israeli team entered in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition; if they fly it will be on a US/Russian/European rocket.
    They are still aiming for the moon with SpaceX's help.

    https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israe...ft-on-the-moon

    Israel announced on Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December, with the hopes of becoming the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon in February 2019.

    Israeli space exploration firm SpaceIL, together with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), will launch a spacecraft into orbit via a SpaceX rocket in December, which they intend to land on the moon in February 2019.

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    Israeli 2019 Moon landing

    Israeli spaceship scheduled to land on the moon next year

    "Unlike other spacecrafts, which took several days to reach the moon, SpaceIL's spacecraft will take longer. The launcher will release the spacecraft at the height of 60,000 kilometers, and to save fuel, it will enter an elliptical orbit around the Earth until it reaches the moon."

    Has this method of getting to the Moon been used before? How long will it take?

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    wd40's last post from its own thread merged into his own previous thread.
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