Israel Aims to Become Fourth Country to Send Unmanned Spaceship to Moon
The forefathers of the Jewish people received a divine commitment that their offspring would be as numerous as the stars in heaven – but they were not given any assurance that their offspring would journey into space.
Col. Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut who was lost along in February 2003 along with six other crew members of the failed NAS mission Columbia, reached space but tragically crashed and were killed at the end of the mission.
Israel? A space superpower? Indeed. This country has already built and dispatched with foreign rockets numerous mini-satellites into space for a variety of uses. One of them, called Venus, was built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and launched with French space agency help last year as the world’s smallest satellite of its kind and Israel’s first environmental satellite.
Environmental satellites have become very important in recent years because of problems on Earth resulting from population increase, declining space for agriculture, pollution and natural disasters.
Venus is observing fields and nature from space for environmental research, monitoring land conditions, forestry, agriculture, the quality of water sources and more.