NASA and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) have partnered to function on the Israeli commercial mission SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that ships spider-like spaceships to the moon. The spaceship is projected to land on the moon in early 2019.
The US Space Agency has signed an agreement and will provide a laser retro-reflector to facilitate tracking of the ground and the Deep Space network to allow communication amid the missions.
The space spiders that will land on the moon will mean that Israel is one of three countries that have made a controlled landing on the lunar surface.
The spacecraft will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in December.
NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine said, “I am excited to extend the progress of our commercial cooperation to the lunar environment with this new agreement with the ISA and SpaceIL.
“Innovative alliance like these will be necessary to go to the moon and craft new opportunities.”
Ido Anteby, head of SpaceIL said in a statement, “We anticipate that our spacecraft is only the first part and that more technological challenges and space missions coming ahead.”
Ofir Akunis, Science Minister said, “Cooperation between Israel and the United States is emerging in all areas, so is the collaboration between Israeli Space Agency and NASA.
“Israel is honored to be a part of the new moon journey and to advance our technology capabilities around the world.”
SpaceIL and ISA share data with NASA generated from the SpaceIL magnetometer installed in the aircraft.
The agreement was signed at the 69th International Astronaut Congress in Germany. The agreement arrives post three months of NASA President Jim Bridenstine’s visit to Israel and stating that he would fortify the agency’s relationship with the Jewish state.
The project began seven years ago as part of a Google technology competition to place a small probe on the moon.
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