Next, the craft will carry out an experiment designed by the Weizmann Institute of Science and measure the Moon's magnetic field, says the report.
The first Israeli spacecraft which will land on the Moon will be launched this December, according to the SpaceIL announcement on 10 July. If successful, Israel would become the fourth country to land a craft on the moon, after the USA, the Soviet Union and China.
The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride.
So far it has spent about $88.5m, much of which it has received from the South African-born Israeli billionaire businessmen Morris Kahn.More news: Typhoon Maria landed in coastal regions of Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian
The endeavor began, reports i24News, when Google Lunar XPrize, wanting to encourage innovation, offered a hefty sum ($30 million) for the person or company who could come up with a relatively low-priced mission to the moon.
The CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Josef Weiss, expressed similar thoughts. The spacecraft has 2 meters diameter with a height of about 1.5 meters and its image has been unveiled on SpaceIL's official Twitter page.
"As one who has personally brought the collaboration with SpaceIL to IAI, I regard the launch of the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon as an example of the awesome capabilities one can reach in civilian space activity", he said.
Since SpaceIL's establishment, the mission of landing an Israeli spacecraft on the moon has become a national project embodying educational values, funded by donors such as Dr. Miriam and Mr. Sheldon Adelson, Mr. Sammy Sagol, Mrs. Lynn Schusterman, Mr. Steven Grand and others.More news: Tushar Arothe resigns as India women's cricket coach
"We're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the US", Kahn said, referring to the US programme that landed the first humans on the moon in 1969.
At that point, it is supposed to fire its engines in order to slow down and get into a lunar orbit, eventually landing gently on the rocky surface. The entire journey, from launch to landing, will last approximately two months. The victor was expected to earn a prize of 20 million dollars to fund the landing of the first non-governmental unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The spacecraft, which weighs only about 600 kilograms, is considered the smallest to land on the moon. This will take about two days to finish.
The SpaceIL organization participated in the competition for the Google Lunar XC Prize.
The competition, however, ended with no victor on March 31, when Google announced that it would no longer sponsor it. Kahn told journalists that he hoped to inspire young Israelis to take up the study of science.More news: Frozen vegetables recalled from Aussie supermarkets over contamination fears