The Beresheet ship is hitching a ride on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this Thursday.
"We are ready for the launch," said SpaceIL co-founder Yonatan Winetraub From Grapevine on Thursday. "All systems will go."
Israel will try to make history this evening as it launches a ship in space. When it comes to the moon, Israel will be the only country to make a lunar landing ̵
A live video feed will start at approximately 8:20 PM EST on Thursday, February 21st (3:30 AM in Israel) on the Facebook page from Grapevine as well as at the video at the top of this article.
The ship – called "Beresheet," Hebrew for Genesis – is subject to final trials in Cape Canaveral, Florida over the past few weeks. Weather, liftoff is scheduled to take place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday, February 21 at 8:45 PM EST (3:45 AM to Israel). The ship boarded the space on board SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceIL vehicles ride along with various satellite and other research tools, which all get first dropped. Beresheet will be the last passenger to descend on SpaceX carpool and is expected to be removed about 30 minutes after departure.
Falcon 9 was first made in 2010. It launched more than 60 times and has a success rate of 96.8%. "Please cross your fingers because this is a difficult mission and we need all the help we can get," Winetraub told us. You can read our entire interview with him to find out how the idea came first, the planned months of the ship's experiment and what surprising gifts are onboard.
The ship is expected to make its lunar landing in mid-April.
Watch Israel's Beresheet ship a trip from Cape Canaveral with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.