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Israeli-built lander crashes on moon

An Israeli-built lander crashed onto the moon today during its final descent, bringing an unfortunate end to the first privately funded lunar mission. “We had a failure on the spacecraft,” Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division, … Continue reading

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Israeli lunar lander passes pre-launch tests

The managers of Israel’s first mission to the moon say their lunar lander has passed a crucial set of tests in preparation for February’s launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with an assist from a Seattle space company. SpaceIL’s … Continue reading

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Israelis say their lander will soon fly to the moon

SpaceIL, an Israeli team that was once a competitor in the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize, says it will have its lander launched toward the moon in December. The lander will be a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking off … Continue reading

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XPRIZE resurrects commercial moon race

Less than a week after the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize officially expired, its organizers say they’re relaunching it as a non-cash competition to put a privately funded lander on the moon. They’re also looking for a new sponsor to … Continue reading

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XPRIZE confirms no one will win moon race

The organizers for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition acknowledged today that the award for a commercially funded lunar landing will go unwon, despite a decade’s worth of work. But the California-based XPRIZE foundation’s top executives said they … Continue reading

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Moon ambitions get a reality check — and a boost

Who’s going to the moon? The prospects are looking dimmer for any commercial lunar landings in the short term — but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture today used a milestone in space history to spotlight its longer-term lunar … Continue reading

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XPRIZE teams get more time for moonshots

The Google Lunar XPRIZE finalists now have $4.75 million more to shoot for with the moon missions they’re planning, and more time to shoot for the moon as well. The competition was set up a decade ago to encourage commercial moon exploration, with Google … Continue reading

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