Three discs containing hundreds of digital files, including the “testimony” of a so-called Holocaust survivor, were inserted Monday in a time capsule scheduled to head to the moon sometime next year, when Israel hopes to launch and land its first ever spacecraft to the moon:
If all goes well, the unmanned spacecraft worked on by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface. The capsule was the last component to go into the vehicle, before it is shipped to Florida to be launched from Cape Canaveral in the coming months.
The pictures, along with art, science and history books, “we will be taking with us to the moon,” said Yonatan Winetraub, one of three engineers who founded SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization set up in 2011 with the aim of landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. “It is quite symbolic that the people of the book are going to take this library and put it on the surface of the moon,” he said, speaking at IAI’s Space Division in Yehud, some 40 minutes from Tel Aviv, at an event as the capsule was loaded onto the spacecraft.
The craft was scheduled to originally launch this month and land on the moon in February 2019, but was delayed.
“Today, we are putting all those dreams in the spaceship, like you would take an note and put it in the Western Wall, wishing for a bright future,” Winetraub added. The cracks between the stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, considered the holiest site Jews can pray at, are filled with notes conveying the requests of its visitors.
In early 2019, the spacecraft, recently named Beresheet — the Hebrew word for Genesis — will launch alongside other satellites as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The precise launch date remains undetermined, as SpaceIL awaits final confirmation from the launch company, said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby at the event.
“The Israeli public chose the name Beresheet,” said Anteby. “It expresses the hope of the start of a new stage of Israel’s space industry.”
…Anteby said that a few months ago at a conference he met the son of a Holocaust survivor. “When he heard about this inspiring mission, he asked me to put on the disc a story that his father wrote” about his experiences during the Holocaust.
Of course, Israel “borrowed” most of the technology necessary for this mission from NASA, so to suggest that this is an “Israeli” mission, even though it’s taking off in the U.S., is a stretch, but then again, Jews were never inventors, and technology has never been their strong suit. So the Jews will ride on the backs of all the White scientists who developed the technology that makes this even remotely feasible, but then take all the credit if successful.
But it’s hard to believe that this will be successful, and not just another Hollywood production to cover up their inability to develop the technology to actually land something on the moon. People should be incredibly skeptical of any claims that the Israelis make about so-called “scientific discoveries” they announce from the moon. If America has never landed a such a probe on the moon, why should we believe that the Israelis can do it?