Sheldon Adelson donates $16.4 million to Israeli lunar mission

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

( Jewish 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. 

Posted on April 11, 2014 .