In December, the tiny state of Israel will launch a rocket from Florida and attempt to be the fourth country in the world to reach the moon.
The first three countries were the U.S., Russia, and China.
The 1,322 pound rocket, which will soar toward the moon for two months before its scheduled landing on February 13, 2019, is the brainchild of Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonprofit SpaceIL, and took eight years to create at a cost of $88 million.
The rocket’s cost was absorbed primarily by private sponsors, including SpaceIL’s president, Morris Kahn, who supplied roughly $27 million, and American philanthropist Sheldon Adelson.
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