Google's Lunar Moon Contest may be dead, but it does not prevent a company from trying to finish the target. The Google contest seeks to award the first private company that can land a moon vessel and finish in 2018 without a winner. One of the participants, Israeli SpaceIL, announced on Monday that it is still working on this target and will make an attempt to land in April. According to Anteby, the spacecraft carrying SpaceIL's crates will be released late Thursday night. Once in space, the cab will travel around the Earth about six times to build speed before heading for the moon a week later. The landing vessel must land on April 11th.
SpaceIL has negotiated SpaceX on Elon Musk to transport the trigger in orbit. The camp called "Beresheet" after the first book of the Torah will ride on the Falcon 9 rocket along with the Indonesian communications satellite and the BBC's experimental mini satellite.
If SpaceIL is successful, it will become the first private company in history to land a spacecraft on the Moon. Beresheet is equipped with several scientific instruments, such as a magnetometer for measuring the magnetic field of the Moon, and a retro-reflector that Earth scientists can bounce off the laser beams to measure the distance from Earth to Moon.
These are not particularly advanced scientific instruments, but the scientific discoveries that Beresheet will do are secondary to achieving the lunar surface at all. Beresheet is proof that it is possible for a private company or organization to build land and take it to the Moon with a rocket built by another private company. There is no exploration of the moon anymore in the area of a handful of wealthy governments; as SpaceIL hopes to prove that anyone can land a spacecraft on the Moon. Any scientific breakthroughs beyond them are just glaze on the cake.