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GLXP team presents lander model to Knesset

13 Jul 2012, 21:03 UTC
GLXP team presents lander model to Knesset
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Space IL - an Israeli team competing for the Google LunarX-Prize, presented a model of it's concept lunar lander to theKnesset, Tuesday [Space L].

Judy Siegel-ItzkovichJerusalem Post A tiny space vehicle that scientists and teenage science students in Israel have developed together is in its final stages of development and is due to launch in a few years on the back of a large communications satellite for an unmanned landing on the moon.On Tuesday, representatives of the team presented a model for the first time at a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee’s subcommittee on space, which Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin heads.

The model’s design is the work of 150 adults and teens participating in the Space IL project, which aims to encourage young people to study space subjects, and to train the next generation of space scientists. Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yehonatan Weintraub, three young engineers, launched the project with a non-profit organization they set up in 2010.Dozens of volunteers are working to turn Israel into the fifth country in the world, after the former Soviet Union and the US, to have landed spacecraft on the moon. A few others have crashed spacecraft on the moon’s ...

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