Private space travel is moving closer to reality, and an Israeli team has staked its claim in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.
SpaceIL, an Israel-based non-profit working to land a spacecraft on the moon, became the first team to produce a launch contract in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. XPRIZE announced SpaceIL’s verified contract at a press conference in Jerusalem attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE. The “ticket to the moon” also marks the world’s first private lunar mission and Israel’s first moon mission.
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