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SpaceX Launch: Israel Spacecraft Begins Journey to the Moon

Tech | Associated Press | February 22, 2019, 8:56 am
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 An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following the launch by SpaceX on February 21, 2019. (Image: AP)

An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following the launch by SpaceX on February 21, 2019. (Image: AP)

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 A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. (Image: AP)

A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. (Image: AP)

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 But Israel's privately funded lunar lander — a first not just for Israel but commercial space — generated the buzz. (Image: AP)

But Israel's privately funded lunar lander — a first not just for Israel but commercial space — generated the buzz. (Image: AP)

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 This photo shows a time exposure from the shore of the Banana River near Port Canaveral of the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

This photo shows a time exposure from the shore of the Banana River near Port Canaveral of the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

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 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite at space launch complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite at space launch complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

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 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite sit on the pad at space launch complex 40, in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite sit on the pad at space launch complex 40, in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

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 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite at space launch complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with Israel's Lunar Lander and an Indonesian communications satellite at space launch complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. (Image: AP)

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