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Sheldon Adelson Donates $16.4 Million to Israeli Lunar Mission

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SpaceIL founders Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and Yonatan Weintraub. Photo: SpaceIL.

JNS.orgJewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam have donated $16.4 million to SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit seeking to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.

SpaceIL is the only Israeli team currently competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition to become the first team to successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon and send pictures back to Earth.

“We are proud to support Israel and SpaceIL [as they] prove that dreams do come true and that hard work, vision, and dedication are rewarded. We stand proudly with SpaceIL in this extraordinary endeavor,” Sheldon Adelson said in a statement.

The donation will also support SpaceIL’s education goals in raising awareness about science and technology.

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