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Rookie Moonshot: Budget Mission to the Moon (NatGeo)

April 25, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rookie Moonshot: Budget Mission to the Moon, premiering April 25 at 9 p.m., is the remarkable story of a small company with a huge dream — to become the first to land a privately funded unmanned vehicle on the moon.

The 60-minute special follows the Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL as it attempts to land its spacecraft, Beresheet, on the lunar surface. Despite the company’s best efforts, the spacecraft suffers a software glitch and crashes just hundreds of feet from the lunar surface.


Cape Canaveral, FL – Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub, co-founders of Space IL, in front of Space X Rocket their spacecraft is loaded into on the day of the launch. (National Geographic/Grace Chapman)


Although SpaceIL doesn’t accomplish its monumental goal, it does make Israel one of only seven countries to orbit the moon. The film features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to mission control; Beresheet’s risky landing attempt; and interviews with SpaceIL’s founders, engineers and space experts to give key insights into the ambitious mission.



April 25, 2019
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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