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24 November 2017 - 6 Kislev 5778 - ו' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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INDIA AND ISRAEL AMONG TEAMS FIGHTING FOR FIRST PRIVATE MOON LANDING E-mail

Google and non-pro t company X Prize announced in January that out of 33 original teams, five have secured launch contracts to send spacecraft to the Moon.

Israel’s SpaceIL team and India’s Team Indus are among the final five. The SpaceIL team is funded by a US casino tycoon, while Team Indus receives support from the Indian Space Research Organization.

Teams must launch their spacecraft by no later than 31 December 2017 to be in the running to win the US$20-million Google Lunar X Prize.

The spacecraft must carry a payload containing a data disk and a commemorative plaque, and be able to transmit up to 100 kilobytes of data from the surface to the orbital craft, which must then transmit that information back to Earth. No more than 10 percent of the mission cost can come from government funding.

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