This Week in History: Israel launches into space

24.09.2011                      25.Elul, 5771                      Welt erschaffen

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This Week in History: Israel launches into space

Space program, which has suffered its share of setbacks, allowed Israel to join exclusive club of nations capable of launching satellites into space.

On September 19, 1988, Israel joined an exclusive club of nations capable of launching satellites into space. A program that has suffered nearly as many failures as it has enjoyed successes, Israel’s space launches nonetheless put it at the forefront of civilian, military and intelligence capabilities vital to its security needs to this day.
The Israeli space program was first launched in 1963 with the establishment of the National Committee for Space Research. Although the program would not be asked to build real-world space launching capabilities for another 20 years, the institute helped build a community of scientists and engineers that would later provide Israel with the foundations and technical know-how necessary to take the next step….