Friday, February 22, 2019

First Privately Funded Moon Probe

The very first privately funded probe launched for the Moon had a lift off today from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It is owned and operated by an Israeli company. The probe is named Beresheet, which is Hebrew for ”In the beginning”.

It is quite a feat for a private company to launch a Lunar probe like this. Precious soft landings on the Moon have been made by governemnt agencies, from the USA, Russia (and the former USSR), and China. I like the prospect. Private companies do things for profit, which means there must be a business case here. This means there may be more economy to Lunar expeditions now and in the future, whoch means there may be more of them. If you have the economy, you can make the expedition.

I look forward to news about a successful soft landing.

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