The very first XPRIZE, the $10M Ansari XPRIZE, was focused on private spaceflight. The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE saw over $300 million invested worldwide and spurred the creation of private space companies in Hungary, India, Israel, and Malaysia.

SpaceIL Awarded $1M Moonshot Award!

NickAzerNickAzer Portland, OR, USAPosts: 197 admin
At Visioneering 2019 in October, SpaceIL received our first-ever $1M Moonshot Award in recognition of their achievements!

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SpaceIL formed in 2011 in order to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Launching their Beresheet Moon lander on February 22nd, 2019, the spacecraft became the first-ever private spacecraft to reach the Moon, and to first to ever orbit it. Its attempted landing on April 11th captivated millions around the world, despite ultimately resulting in a crash on the surface.

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On the way to the Moon: an image from Beresheet's mission.


We are proud of all the efforts and achievements of the former Lunar XPRIZE teams, and will share updates as a number of the former teams approach their goal of landing in the Moon within the next several years!
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