Compact, Israeli-built spacecraft could land on moon in 2015, inventors say

03/6/2014 | Reuters

A dishwasher-sized spacecraft built by Israeli scientists and engineers on a tiny budget could land on the moon by late 2015, its inventors say. "[Landing] is going to be either 15 minutes of horror or 15 minutes of fame, depending on the outcome," said electronic engineer Yariv Bash, who founded SpaceIL, which is building the Sparrow shuttle. The SpaceIL project is competing with 17 others worldwide for Google's LunarX Prize, which will award $20 million to the first team to put a spacecraft on the moon, and have it perform a jump, all while sending images back to Earth.

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