New York's annual Celebrate Israel Parade marks its 50th anniversary this year with the traditional floats and flags – and a glimpse of an intergalactic innovation.
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Tens of thousands of spectators will get a peek at a model of SpaceIL, an unmanned spacecraft that Israel hopes to send to the moon by late 2015, the New York Post reported on Monday.
"Leveraging Israeli expertise in micro-satellite technologies, SpaceIL is building the smallest, smartest spacecraft to ever land on the moon," the non-profit group says on its website. “Our mission is to make a soft landing [and] move 500 meters and transmit video, images, and data back to Earth by the end of 2015."
Parade organizers say this year's event is a real milestone, and that they are still looking for sponsors and donations to help make it remarkable.
“Thousands of people enjoy this parade every year and, if they want to continue to see to see it, any contribution would be greatly appreciated,” organizer Michael Miller, CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council, which puts on the parade, told the Post.
“We’re celebrating Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. It’s a matter of great, great pride. We as Americans share those values,” Miller told the paper.
The parade is scheduled for June 1 from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. and will run up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.