(190222) -- YEHUD, Feb. 22, 2019 -- Staff members with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) monitor the launch of Israel s spacecraft Beresheet at the IAI control room in Israel s central town of Yahud on Feb. 22, 2019. Israel s first spacecraft designed to land on the moon was successfully launched from the U.S. Kennedy Space Center early on Friday morning, Israeli officials said. The dishwasher-size lander, dubbed Beresheet, or Genesis in Hebrew, was launched at 8:45 p.m. local time on Thursday (0145 GMT Friday) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Tomer Neuberg-JINI) ISRAEL-YEHUD-SPACECRAFT-LAUNCH guoyu PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxCHN