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April 11, 2019, 11:47 a.m. EDT

A team from Israel is attempting a privately funded moon landing today: watch it live

It would be the first privately funded landing on the moon

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By Maria LaMagna

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The Israeli company SpaceIL is broadcasting its attempted moon landing on April 11.

The spacecraft is called “Beresheet,” from the Hebrew for “in the beginning,” and it could be a new beginning in space exploration for Israel and beyond.

The Israeli private company SpaceIL has teamed up with the government-owned Israel Aerospace Industries to send Beresheet to the moon, a mission that has cost $100 million, according to the BBC.

The mission launched from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, on Feb. 22 and is expected to land on April 11, a feat SpaceIL’s founder Morris Kahn told the BBC will be “extremely challenging.”

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Before this mission, only government agencies from the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China have landed on the moon.

Beresheet could be “ a trailblazer for future privatization of space exploration,” the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said.

SpaceIL will broadcast the landing live, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET.

You can also follow along on Twitter, at the hashtag #Israeltothemoon.

Other private companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, are also working on private missions into space.

But none has completed a moon landing yet.

Maria LaMagna covers personal finance for MarketWatch in New York.

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