Israel launches for Moon landing (watch live)

Israel is set to take its first step to the moon late Thursday night, as the lunar spacecraft Beresheet launches from the coast of Cape Canaveral, in a mission that, if successful, will place the Jewish state in an exclusive club of nations that have landed on the Moon.

Beresheet Genesis in English – will be launched at 3:45 a.m. (Israel time, 20.00 EST US) Friday from Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and, after detaching from the launcher, will orbit the Earth for two months, before landing on the moon around April 11.

The landing sequence is set to take around 15 minutes, being monitored by a joint group of scientists and engineers from the Israel Space Agency (ISA), the Weizmann Institute of Science and NASA. After it lands, the probe will begin conducting various experiments on the Moon’s surface, testing magnetism and geology, among other things.

The project has been spearheaded by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries and has been in the making for several years.
The craft holds a “time capsule” of hundreds of files digitized on a disk, containing drawings by Israeli children, the Bible, Israel’s National Anthem, Hebrew Prayers, Israeli songs and a map of the State of Israel, among other cultural items.
You can watch the launch live via a live webcast on Facebook
or can watch the launch  here,