IsraelCast Episode 89

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Ever since he was a little kid, Yonatan Winetraub wanted to go to Mars. Find out how he went from a kid with a dream to the co-founder of SpaceIL, running a robotic mission to the moon, on this week’s episode of IsraelCast. Host Steven Shalowitz talks to Winetraub about the importance of motivating students to be interested in science and engineering, not just being a YouTube star. Hear about the time capsule of hopes and dreams, Beresheet, left on the moon - including a small Bible, letters from communities around the world, and a picture painted by his grandmother.

Yonatan Winetraub is co-Founder of SpaceIL, a $100,000,000 Israeli non-profit that attempted to land Beresheet, the first private interplanetary robotic mission on the moon, making Israel only the seventh nation to orbit the moon and reach the lunar surface. A much sought after speaker, Yonatan has been recognized in Forbes' Israel’s 30 under 30 and Globe’s Israel’s 40 under 40. He is currently a PhD candidate and Bio-X Bowes Fellow at Stanford in Biophysics. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and studied Computational Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. Yonatan has published many papers in the field of neuroscience, cancer imaging, and aerospace engineering. To learn more about the SpaceIL mission, visit

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