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SpaceX launch today: SpaceX Falcon 9 carries privately funded Israeli moon lander, Indonesian comsat

SpaceX launch today: SpaceX Falcon 9 carries privately funded Israeli moon lander, Indonesian comsat

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked away from Cape Canaveral on Thursday evening, boosting an Indonesian communications satellite into orbit and, along with it, a small Israeli spacecraft that will attempt the first privately-funded, non-superpower moon landing in April.

A time exposure captures the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday as it streaked away from Cape Canaveral carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, a small experimental U.S. Air Force satellite and an Israeli moon lander that will attempt the first privately funded lunar landing in April.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashes to life and climbs away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, a small experimental U.S. Air Force satellite and an Israeli moon lander that will attempt the first privately funded lunar landing in April.

While the Israeli Beresheet — "in the beginning" in Hebrew — moon lander sparked widespread interest in the mission, the primary goal of the flight was to boost a powerful Indonesian communications satellite into orbit for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara.

The Falcon 9 launch for Beresheet and the Air Force S5 satellite was arranged by Seattle-based Spaceflight, a company that has pioneered "rideshare" launch opportunities for small satellites that do not require a dedicated rocket.

Source: www.cbsnews.com
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