Israel announces mission to land spacecraft on the Moon

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Scientists have found evidence of widespread water in the Moon's interior
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Israel announced on Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December, with the hopes of becoming the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon in 2019.

Israeli space exploration firm SpaceIL, together with Israel Aerospace Industries, will launch a spacecraft via SpaceX rocket in December which they intend to land on the moon in February 2019.

The overall cost of the project is estimated to be around $95 million.

"We will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon," Morris Kahn, one of the project's leaders, said announcing the mission.

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