SpaceX rocket launched carrying Israel's first lunar lander, Beresheet
Updated : February 22, 2019 07:53 AM IST
The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet - Hebrew for the biblical phrase "in the beginning" - soared into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 8:45 p.m. EST (0145 GMT Friday) atop the 23-story-tall rocket.
Beresheet, about the size of a dishwashing machine, was one of three payloads carried aloft by the Falcon 9, part of the private rocket fleet of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's California-based company SpaceX.
The two other payloads set for deployment are a telecommunications satellite for Indonesia and an experimental satellite for the US Air Force.
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