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    Israeli Firm Launches Private Spaceflight Project

    They’re promising the moon. Despite its small space industry — Israel Space Agency’s annual budget is $80 million, compared to NASA’s $17.6 billion — the country has spawned an ambitious project. SpaceIL, a nonprofit company, plans to use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to put the world’s first private lander on the moon. It’s competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, which will hand $20 million to the first company that can land on the lunar surface, and if all goes well, its rover will blast off in late 2017.

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