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SpaceX launches Israeli lander towards the moon

SpaceX launches Israeli lander towards the moon

Technology
Israel is set to become only the fourth nation to successfully land on the moon following a SpaceX rocket launch on Thursday night.The robotic lander is the size of a washing machine and has been named "Beresheet", which is Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning". It was one of three cargo loads carried by the Falcon 9 rocket, the most successful rocket used by billionaire Elon Musk's private aerospace company SpaceX.In addition to the Israeli lunar lander, the Falcon 9 carried an Indonesian communications satellite, as well as an experimental satellite for the US Air Force.Just as before, the Falcon 9 made a safe landing back on Earth, allowing SpaceX to recycle the rocket - landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The Beresheet robot will land on the near-side ...
Watch: SpaceX releases Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites into orbit after successful launch

Watch: SpaceX releases Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites into orbit after successful launch

Science
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday evening with a pair of satellites and an Israeli moon lander aboard. All three were successfully released into orbit. Blastoff occurred right on time at 8:45 p.m. ET. Just a few minutes after Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral, the first and second stages separated and the booster stage fell back to Earth, using its thrusters to slow its reentry and land safely on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You droneship. "Successful deployment of the SpaceIL lunar lander confirmed, starting the spacecraft's two-month voyage to the Moon," SpaceX confirmed on Twitter, some 35 minutes after liftoff. The Israeli-made lander was developed by SpaceIL, a privately-funded nonprofit. The group of scientists and engineers were originally part o...
Watch live: SpaceX to launch Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites

Watch live: SpaceX to launch Israeli moon lander, pair of satellites

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Engineers are preparing SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket for a Friday evening launch that will carry a pair of satellites and an Israeli moon lander into orbit. The Israeli-made lander was developed by SpaceIL, a privately-funded nonprofit. The group of scientists and engineers were originally part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition. They decided to press on after Google closed the contest without a winner. The payload also includes an Indonesian communications satellite called Nusantara Satu and a small experimental satellite belonging to the U.S. Air Force. Blastoff for tonight's GTO-1 mission is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET. The rocket will lift off from SpaceX's launch site at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Both SpaceX and SpaceIL will offer live streams of F...
Watch February's super snow moon, the brightest full moon of the year

Watch February's super snow moon, the brightest full moon of the year

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Feb. 18 (UPI) -- February's full moon comes as Earth's satellite is making its closet approach, making the full moon a supermoon. During its perigee, the moon is several thousand miles closer than it is on average, making it appear especially full. This month's full moon will peak at 10:54 a.m. ET. The sun will drown out the moon's brightness, so the best time to see the supermoon will be overnight. Each month's full moon goes by a nickname; some full moons have several alternate names. "In ancient times, people across Europe and Native Americans used the moon to track the seasons," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. "In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month's moon." February's full moon is known as the snow moon, a reference to its presence during a month that bri...
'This time we'll stay': NASA to send humans to the moon

'This time we'll stay': NASA to send humans to the moon

Technology
By Ajay Nair, news reporter NASA is planning to take the "next giant leap in deep space exploration" as it looks to send astronauts to the moon who are able to stay there.The space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, called for American firms to help develop human lunar landers - "reusable systems for astronauts to land on the moon" - as he said scientists had been given a mandate by President Donald Trump and Congress to return to the moon for the first time since 1972. He said NASA was planning to send astronauts "to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond" and that it was "an exciting time to be leading America's space programme"."As a lifelong NASA supporter, I am thrilled to be talking once again about landing humans on the moon," he said, wr...