It was set for take off, some of us were stuck in an endless traffic jam on the Ayalon highway around Tel Aviv. When Israel successfully launched the spacecraft, some of us were waiting for trains that never came, because this morning 35 conductors suddenly announced they were sick. Right now, Israel is on its way to the moon, and I'm on my way to my mother-in-law at Hadera, who will probably tell me: "It's a shame you have to go back to this hour," he said on the radio that there were serious delays due to a car crash. "
Then I ask, "The moon!" Why the hell is it so insistent that Israel must reach the Moon when we have not even reached the ability to have a fully functioning rail system?
But I would be wrong to do this. This stupid claim that "a country that can not make buses launch a spacecraft to the Moon" is heard too many times during the past week. We must adhere to the facts for a moment: the Beresheet (Genesis) project does not belong to the Israeli government, and when it lands on the moon, Culture Minister Miri Regev will not be in a hurry to take a photo with her (or perhaps Miri if you read this, I urge you to go to the cosmos!).
In fact, very few shekels of taxpayers' money went to fund a $ 100 million project, and most of the funds were collected by private donors, the most famous of which is South African Israeli entrepreneur Morris Kahn, invested $ 44 million from his own money and in 2011 he founded SpaceIL for the sole purpose of unloading a spacecraft on the Moon.
I had the opportunity to question Khan before take-off, and ultimately, as well as the hundreds of millions of dollars that man has quietly invested over the years in an innovative Israeli medical study designed to help recovery. disabled children – the lunar mission has become a project of passion for him. He manages to recruit additional donors from around the world, and when the spacecraft is completed and the mission is ready to continue, he refuses to attach his name to the project, making it a national Israeli achievement. (Photo: Shaul Golan)
Meanwhile, SpaceIL has transformed the project from a strictly technological venture to an educational one that goes from school to school. school, lectures on space exploration, and trying to encourage children's interest in science. The successful launch of the spacecraft and its accompanying media coverage have prompted a growing interest among the children who constantly hear me discussing the shuttle and its trajectory.
In addition to national pride, thanks to the project, the Israeli education system received a scientific boost when most reinforcements come from the auspices of religious organizations that are less scientific in their approach. This statement that there is no need to fly in space when we have problems with reaching the Nagaha is unfounded. If external donors like Cannes were obliged to finance state infrastructure, there would be a real problem, not to mention total insolvency, because we would be left entirely to the mercy of private investors.
It would be useful, however, for the State to take an example from the Beresheet project, which faced countless technological, budgetary and management obstacles, but ultimately it was not only successfully completed, it was also an educational center. If they – we – can do that, then surely everything is within our capabilities. Even to get to Naharia in time.