SpaceIL: From Flight of Fancy to the Moon

In a visit to California in February 2013, SpaceIL founder Yariv Bash discussed how he and two other engineers came to undertake the Google Lunar X Prize challenge with Israel’s first lunar mission. From an impractical concept sketched out one late night in a bar, SpaceIL grew into a credible contender among the 23 remaining teams competing for $30 million in prize money. Enjoy the journey with Bash in this recording of his February talk:

For more SpaceIL fun, check out the company’s BrainPop segment, a cartoon explaining the challenges SpaceIL faces as it steers its tiny lander to the Moon.

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Merryl Azriel

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.