SpaceIL’s Sparrow to launch

All About Space - - 2019 Space Events -

Orig­i­nally con­ceived as part of the un­claimed Google Lu­nar X Prize, SpaceIL, an Is­raeli non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion funded in part by the Is­raeli Space Agency (ISL), still plans to launch its en­try this year in the form of its Sparrow space­craft. Planned to launch on a SpaceX Fal­con 9 from Cape Canaveral in Flor­ida, Sparrow aims to be cap­tured in lu­nar or­bit be­fore at­tempt­ing a soft land­ing on the sur­face in a two-day op­er­a­tion. In­stru­ments on the 585-kilo­gram (1,300-pound) Sparrow craft in­clude a mag­ne­tome­ter de­vel­oped by the Weiz­mann In­sti­tute of Science.

Artist’s con­cept of Sparrow suc­cess­fully land­ing on the Moon

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