SpaceIL explained: "While the other Google Lunar X Prize teams developed large rovers to move the required 500 meters on the Moon's surface, in order to conserve mass, SpaceIL developed the idea of a space hop: to have the spacecraft land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500 meters away".
The space agency will launch its lunar probe onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by the end of the current year, with plans to land on the moon by mid-February 2019.
For the first time in its history, Israel will have a spacecraft on the moon next year, the SpaceIL corporation announced Tuesday. If successful, Israel would become the fourth country to land a craft on the moon, after the USA, the Soviet Union and China.
The IAI-built spacecraft, which was build in 2013, will be transferred to the United States in November, ahead of the launch.
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be around $95 million.
The research, conducted in cooperation with scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, will use a magnetometer on the spacecraft to attempt to understand how the rocks on the moon received their magnetism.
"This is a tremendous project", he added.
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"The issue is 'Do they have freedom to protest, freedom to assemble and should they be allowed to do so?'", he told British TV. He is also expected to visit Scotland - where he owns two golf courses - before heading back to the US.
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The French delegation also includes Minister of Sports Laura Flessel-Colovic and the renowned French football player, Jean-Pierre Papin.
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Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor . In the women's quarter-final on No1 Court, Ostapenko defeated Dominika Cibulkova in another match dominated by breaks of serve.
But the $20 million competition was scrapped by the tech giant earlier this year when it became clear none of the five companies would meet a March deadline.
Despite financial pitfalls in recent years that almost saw SpaceIL's spacecraft grounded permanently, the team is confident that December's launch will take place on time.
South African-born Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, who supplied funding for the project, said that he hoped that this mission would create the sort of enthusiasm that greeted the Apollo missions in the United States.
The lunar mission is scheduled to last just two days after it touches down.
As soon as the probe lands on the moon in February, it will plant the Israeli flag and start to take photos of the landing zone.
"What we're doing is we're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the United States", Kahn told reporters, referring to the surge in interest in science and engineering after the USA space program landed on the moon in 1969.