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Audio: From Pub Meeting To Moonshot - Israel to Land Spacecraft on Moon

Walter visits Israel's SpaceIL program. Plus, Malcolm Hoenlein at the Conference of Presidents of American Major Organizations.
3/2/2014, 9:00 PM

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An Israeli team joined the Google Lunar X Prize competition for the race to the moon. They will be sending the smallest ever spacecraft on a one way journey to land on the moon. The budget is a mere 38 million US dollars and most of that money is already in the bank, mainly from Israeli sponsors. Israel’s largest companies are excited about the project and supporting it.  Blast off is in about 18 months and the preparations are on schedule.  Walter’s World will follow the progress.

In this programme you will hear the response of Malcolm Hoenlein, executive director of the Conference of Presidents of American Major Organisations,  to last week’s speech by the US Ambassador and the address by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the State of the Nation   and lot’s more that’s orbiting in Walter’s World.

Also: Music for Purim.

SpaceIL lunar craft. Photo courtesy SpaceIL.

Yariv Bash and Daniel Saat of SpaceIL at the Jerusalem Press Club. Photo courtesy SpaceIL.

Space IL and Bezeq hold a press conference to present their robotic spacecraft which well be launched and land on the moon. Space IL is a non-profit organization established by a multidisciplinary team of Israeli space enthusiasts to compete with privately-funded space teams in the Google Lunar X Prize. The Google Lunar X Prize is a global race of lunar exploration offering the largest international incentive prize of all time: a total of $30 million. Photo by Roni Schutzer/ Flash90

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Credit: Flash90.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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