An Israeli nonprofit team of young scientists is participating in the competition for the Google Lunar X Prize – a $30 million contest for landing an unmanned vehicle on the moon and transmitting still images and video back to earth.
The team wants the Israeli flag to be the third national flag to land on the moon – after the USSR and the USA (Soviet probes painted with the country's flag landed on the moon's surface before the US sent its astronauts to plant the American flag there).
The SpaceIl team founded by Yariv Bash, Kfir Dimri and Yehonatan Weintraub is the only Israeli team in the competition. It faces about 20 teams from other countries.
SpaceIl has succeeded in enlisting cooperation of numerous commercial firms and institutes of higher learning in Israel. Hundreds of professional have also volunteered to assist it.