The country held watch parties from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as SpaceIL's Beresheet ship took flight from Cape Canaveral.
The Beresheet ship will be hitching a ride with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this Thursday.
With an eye toward inspiring the next generation, the project enlisted the help of the nation's children.
How SpaceIL's ship, dubbed the Beresheet, evolved from a beer-soaked idea to an actual lunar landing.
Just days before liftoff, Yonatan Winetraub reveals what sparked the idea, the planned lunar experiments and what surprising gifts are onboard.
If successful, Israel will become only the fourth country to ever land on the moon.
'These giants have a way of eating fast,' said one astrophysicist.
The dishwasher-sized spacecraft will be the first-ever privately-funded lunar landing.
Harvard's Dr. Avi Loeb took his search for aliens to a whole new stratosphere.
And get this: it's 10 times larger than the Milky Way.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch an Israeli spaceship to the moon. And that's just the beginning.
Dr. Avi Loeb says it's possible that it may have been a ship on a reconnaissance mission.
Dr. Avi Loeb calls them 'tiny astronauts sitting in a natural spacecraft.'
Space archaeology, radio signals from the far reaches of the universe and much more made headlines.
Harvard scientist offers alluring alternative option: 'Carry their DNA blueprints and reconstruct them over there.'