SpaceIL, a nonprofit backed by a billionaire in Israel, has built a 1,300-lb lunar lander called "Sparrow."
The team tried to win $20 million from the Google Lunar XPRIZE, but the competition ended without a winner.
Regardless, SpaceIL says a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch its robot in December for a moon-landing attempt in February, 2019.
SpaceIL's mission could make Israel the fourth country to achieve a soft moon landing.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE launched in 2007 with tens of millions...