NASA head congratulates Israel on successful Moon mission

NASA head congratulates Israel on successful Moon mission

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine congratulated the Israeli team on the launch of their first mission beyond Earth's orbit.

"This is a historic step for all nations and commercial space as we look to extend our collaborations beyond low-Earth orbit and on to the Moon," he said.

Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, aiming to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from Israel, AFP reported.

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