After lunar crashing, SpaceIL announces Beresheet 2.0

Morris Kahn speaks on Channel 12

Morris Kahn speaks on Channel 12

First, Beresheet was the world's first privately funded moon mission, and at $100 million, it was considered a shoestring budget for a space project, marking a milestone for further lunar exploration.

The Beresheet Moon lander, developed by Israeli not-for-profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, has failed in its bid to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface.

"If at first you don't succeed, try try again", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was on hand for what organizers had expected to be a party.

And this was the most important message of all: seconds, just seconds after the failure, it was clear to everyone in the control room in Yehud that we are going to be doing it again, big time.

"We are all very exited", a senior IAI engineer, identified only as Daniel because of the sensitivity of his job, told Israeli public radio four hours before the scheduled landing time.

"I've decided that we are going to actually establish 'Beresheet 2, ' " he said in a video released by SpaceIL.

The failure was a disappointing end to a lunar voyage of 6.5 million kilometers (4 million miles), nearly unprecedented in length and created to conserve fuel and reduce price.

The spacecraft, launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, successfully moved into lunar orbit on April 4.

"While NASA regrets the end of the TeamSpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing, we congratulate SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries and the State of Israel on the accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit", tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. It also had a time capsule that included a Bible, Israeli cultural symbols and a picture of famed Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the crash of the USA space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

The contest ended a year ago with no victor.

SpaceIL pressed on with its dream, convinced the mission would help inspire Israel's next generation to study science and engineering. "Your hard work, teamwork and innovation is inspiring to all". This resemblance to the moon will continue and will accompany us, also, all the way to the moon.

US President Donald Trump's administration announced in March it was speeding up plans to send American astronauts back to the moon, bringing forward the target date from 2028 to 2024.

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