Listen: First Private Spacecraft Is Headed to the Moon
"Two. Israel hopes to become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon after launch later this week from Cape Canaveral. CBS news Peter King with more from Orlando. The space craft is called Barasheet Hebrew for Genesis, and it's not a government project. But rather one that's been funded by private donations. It began as an entry of the Google x prize contest for private moon missions and continue to attract investors after the contest ended with no winter meeting. The deadline Barasheet is carrying instruments to measure the moon's magnetic field and a time capsule. It'll be launched into earth orbit on a SpaceX rocket Thursday night rather than taking a direct path it's orbit will slowly expand until it's wide enough for the spacecraft to slip into the moon's gravitational pull in about two"