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Yonatan Winetraub  is a co-founder of SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit organization participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Yonatan Winetraub is a co-founder of SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit organization participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
 


To the Moon and Beyond

Israeli scientist Yonatan Winetraub will deliver a lecture about SpaceIL, a private space program.
By Rhoda Nevins
 

The San Diego State University Jewish Studies Department and Department of Sciences, in partnership with the Leichtag Foundation San Diego-Israel Initiative, presents “To the Moon and Beyond,” a lecture by Israeli scientist Yonatan Winetraub, that will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Center Theatre.

Winetraub, along with Yariv Bash and Kfir Damami, is a co-founder of SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit organization participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international competition to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The lecture will reveal some of SpaceIL’s achievements, challenges and technology, and will highlight lessons learned in starting a private space program.

SpaceIL, founded in 2010, focuses on promoting education and scientific exploration. The potential prize money will be used to ensure that Israel will continue to live up to its reputation for excellence in science, engineering, technology and math.

Winetraub, a Ph.D. candidate in biophysics at Stanford University, is studying a method to interpret and intercept cancer cell communication. In addition, he was part of the International Space University program at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He studied electrical engineering and computational neuroscience at Tel Aviv University, focusing on how regions in the brain collaborate to create our emotions.

The San Diego-Israel Initiative seeks to promote, support and catalyze knowledge discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in lot P3. Information is available at jewishstudies.sdsu.edu.