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First private Moon lander heralds new lunar space race

View of the Moon's horizon, with a flat plain on the left and a rocky landscape on the right.

The Moon’s northern hemisphere, the planned touchdown site for the Beresheet lander. Credit: NASA

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Nature 566, 434-436 (2019)


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  • Update 22 February 2019: This story has been updated to note that Beresheet successfully launched at 8:45 p.m. EST on 21 February.


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