SpaceX launches its first private mission to the moon

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CAPE CANAVERAL (ABC4 News) SpaceX has launched its first private mission to the moon.

A SpaceX rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Thursday night. It was carrying a spacecraft made by an Israeli company.

The company, a non-profit, is funded by the Israeli Government and a variety of investors, including U.S. Republican mega-donor, Sheldon Adelson.

The spacecraft is called Beresheet, a Hebrew word that means “in the beginning.” It’s five feet tall and weighs about 1,300 pounds fully fueled.

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