was set to take off, some of us got stuck in an endless traffic junction on the Ayalon highway around Tel Aviv. When Israel successfully launched a spacecraft, some of us were waiting for trains that never came because in the morning 35 drivers suddenly announced they were ill. Now Israel is on the way to the Moon, and I'm on my way to my mother-in-law in Hadera, which will probably tell me: "It's a pity that you have to return to this hour. They simply said that there are serious delays on the radio due to a car accident . "
Then I ask myself: "Moon!" Why, damn it, is it so persistent that Israel would reach the moon when we did not even achieve the ability to have a complete rail system? T
But I am wrong. This stupid statement that "a country that can not force buses to launch a spacecraft correctly on the Moon" was heard many times over the past week. We must adhere to the facts for the moment: the Beresheet project (genesis) does not belong to the government of Israel, and when it landed on the moon, Minister of Culture Miri Reghee will not hurry to photograph him (or maybe she is Miri, if you read this, I call you go to space!)
In reality, very few shekels of taxpayer money went to the $ 100 million project, and most of the funds were raised through private donors. invested 44 million dollars of own funds and in 2011 founded SpaceIL for the sole purpose of landing a spaceship for the moon.
I had the opportunity to chat with Kan before departure, and the point is that, like the hundreds of millions of dollars that a person has quietly invested over the years in an innovative Israeli medical study, he is called to help rehabilitate children with disabilities – the Moon Mission has become for him a passion project. He was able to recruit additional donors from around the world, and when the spacecraft was completed and the mission was ready to go forward, he refused to add his name to the project, making it seem like a national Israeli achievement.
Meanwhile, SpaceIL has transformed a project from purely technological effort into an educational one, going from school to schools, lecturing on space exploration and trying to encourage the interest of children in science. The successful launch of the spacecraft and the accompanying coverage of the media have raised the interest of the children, which I constantly hear, discussing the boat and its trajectory.
In addition to national pride, thanks to the project, the Israeli system of education has gained a scientific upswing, when most of the reinforcements come from an episode of religious organizations that are less scientific in their approach.
This assertion that there is no need to fly into space when we have difficulties with the achievement of Nagar is groundless. If external donors, such as Kahn, were obliged to finance the state infrastructure, we would have had a real problem, not to mention general bankruptcy, because we would remain completely at the mercy of private investors.
It would be helpful if the state took an example from the Beresheet project, which encountered innumerable technological, budgetary and managerial obstacles, but eventually not only successfully completed but also turned out to be an educational center. . If they – we – can do it, then of course everything is in our hands. Even getting to Nagyria on time.