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Space IL Is Confident About Winning Google’s Lunar XPrize

The Israeli contender is looking to reach their goal of sending an Israeli space team to the moon

By: Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels

Published: September 2nd, 2014 in Business » Israel

Space IL Is Confident About Winning Google's Lunar XPrize

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These were the famous words uttered by astronaut Neil Armstrong to describe the first Moon landing in world history on July 20, 1969. In an event that immediately secured its place in history, an American team of astronauts ended the Space Race by successfully landing the Apollo 11 on the Moon.

Now, teams around the world are once again engaged in a Space Race, with the goal this time to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE , a first-of-its-kind space innovation challenge to create a vessel that can travel to, traverse 500 meters and photograph the Moon by 2015, all for a $20 million dollar prize. So which will be the first team to declare, “One giant leap for innovation?”

SpaceIL’s Mission To The Moon Says Its Chances Of Winning Google Lunar XPrize Are High

Yanki Margalit, Chairman of SpaceIL

Making big waves amid the competition is SpaceIL – Israel’s only Lunar XPRIZE contender that has employed some of the country’s finest engineers and enlisted the support of powerful donors to create a winning craft. NoCamels spoke with SpaceIL Chairman and former IBM Israel head Yanki Margalit to gain insight into the Innovation Nation’s chances of winning the competition and what it means to travel to space.

Moon travel for the people, by the people

In its description of the Lunar XPRIZE competition, Google writes on the competition’s website, “Our Moon – ‘the eighth continent’ – has a land area larger than Brazil and North America put together…and people have only been to 5% of it! There are amazing natural wonders, valuable resources, and unsolved mysteries waiting to be discovered.”

This article was first published on NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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