The Mission

Landing The First Israeli Spacecraft On The Moon

SpaceIL is an Israeli nonprofit founded by 3 young engineers at the end of 2010, answering the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. SpaceIL is aiming to make history and land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon and to inspire a generation along the way.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge

SpaceIL is the only Israeli team participating in international Google Lunar XPRIZE competition: a modern race to the Moon. The competition offers a first prize of $20 million to the first non- governmental team to accomplish three tasks:


1. Make a soft landing (without crashing) of an unmanned spacecraft on the surface of the Moon


2. Travel 500 meters on, above, or below the surface of the Moon

3. לשלוח חזרה לכדוה

3. Send high definition video and pictures back to Earth

Far Beyond the Competition

SpaceIL has a vision much bigger than the Google Lunar X Prize competition. It has taken upon itself a national mission: to use the inspiring story of the spacecraft to create an educational impact among the next generation in Israel and around the world

Creating an Apollo Effect

Aside from landing on the Moon, SpaceIL’s collective vision is to create a new “Apollo Effect” to inspire the next generation in Israel and around the world to think differently about science, engineering, technology and math. Despite its technological excellence, Israel faces a severe need for more scientists and engineers.
SpaceIL is committed to using the potential prize money to promote science and scientific education in Israel, to ensure that Israel will continue to live up to its reputation for excellence in these fields. But we’re not waiting for the landing to create the impact. To date, SpaceIL has presented to over 50,000 kids in classrooms all over the world. We are developing curriculum, videos, and online content to reach many more.

Why space?

Space and space exploration are the next frontier. The space industry has produced Satellite TV, water filters, UV sunglasses and many more inventions. SpaceIL’s success will be a source of pride for Israel while introducing the world to new and innovative ways to explore outer space. In addition, the space industry has the potential to become a major growth engine for the Israeli economy.