It was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday night from Cape Canaveral in the southern USA state of Florida. The 1,290-pound (585 kg) spacecraft was built by Israeli nonprofit space venture SpaceIL and state-owned defence contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with $100 million furnished nearly entirely by private donors.
Israel seeks to become the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon, after the Soviet Union, the United States, and China.
Beresheet, which means Genesis or "in the beginning" in the Hebrew language, will take about two months to reach the moon. Throughout strategy and after touchdown, gear onboard the probe will measure the moon's magnetic area and examine lunar craters.More news: Pep Guardiola Believes Media Want Liverpool To Win The League
"That time capsule, I think, incorporates the dreams and hopes of all of those were involved in building the spaceship", SpaceIL co-founder Yonatan Winetraub said during the briefing. That makes for a much longer trip; the moon right now is almost 230,000 miles (370,000km) away.
SpaceIL has no plans for future explorations of its own beyond Beresheet and "will not continue after this mission", Harel said.
So far, only Russian Federation, the United States and China have made the 384,000-kilometer (239,000-mile) journey and landed spacecraft on the Moon.
Beresheet carries a "time capsule" loaded with digital files containing a Bible, children's drawings, Israeli songs, memories of a Holocaust survivor and the blue-and-white Israeli flag.More news: How we will finally know where Meghan had baby Sussex
Space travel is going the way of Uber and the sharing economy, with worldwide space agencies looking to cut costs by using "ride shares" to hitchhike into space on existing commercial launches. The privately funded Beresheet robot will launch from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Ramon's widow, Rona, was a big supporter of Beresheet; she died of cancer in December.
The Falcon 9 was on its third flight having launched the Iridium-7 mission in July 2018 and the SAOCOM 1A mission the following October.
Following liftoff, SpaceX recovered the first-stage booster, which flew twice a year ago. The two others are a telecommunications satellite for Indonesia and an experimental satellite for the U.S. Air Force.More news: Google Introduces Updated Android Auto, New Driving Mode For Assistant