Photo Credit: SpaceIL/IAI
On the tarmac at Ben Gurion airport, the shipping container holding SpaceIL's Beresheet Lander awaits being loaded into the readied cargo plane.

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft makes history tonight when it launches upon its historic mission to the moon. The journey to the surface of the moon is expected to take eight weeks. is offering readers three options to join millions in watching live online as the robotic lunar lander lifts off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The event is scheduled to take place at 8:45 pm EST (03:45 am on Friday Feb. 22 Jerusalem time)


Watch it here at, courtesy of SpaceX

One can also view the flight via a live webcast on Facebook, broadcasting a live stream from the Israeli Aerospace Industries center in Yehud. “After the launch, our crew will take control of Beresheet and begin the journey to the moon!”

Here’s a layman’s explanation of how Beresheet will arrive at its destination.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.