The three young men who came to my office nearly a decade ago. They have just finished showing me their plan to build a small spacecraft that can land on the moon, send a picture from there, and then jump about 500 meters and send another picture.
"We will do this for 3-4 years, for $ 10 million," Yariv, Kfir and Yonatan said, "and we win $ 20 million in Google's reward for the first private (non- governmental grouping We will award the prize money to educational activities that attract Israeli youth to study science and technology in general and space in particular. "
 Israel's mission to month (Photo: SpaceX) “/>
Israel's mission of the month (Photo: SpaceX)
Their three faces fell when I told them that in my estimation, at least $ 80 million, four times more than the prize money itself. I remember the same situations where I found myself when I was their age, when my ideas were met with grave doubt. However, luckily and despite the doubts, I always give the opportunity to prove my ideas. What should we lose? I thought.
According to Israeli anti-trust laws, investing should be primarily from private sources, so that it does not risk any public money.
"You know," I said, "I'll give you a 10-minute chance to introduce the idea at the Space Conference next week at Tel Aviv University, and we assure you that the conference includes philanthropists, [Israel] studied in Israel and with Zionist pride streaming their roots. "