“Beresheet 2.0” is coming: After a failed lunar landing on April 11, Israel will build another spacecraft for a second moon mission.
On Thursday, Beresheet, Israel’s lunar lander, crashed on the moon’s surface after experiencing some communication and technical issues. Despite this disappointing incident, the team behind the Beresheet mission will try again, so Israel can be the fourth nation to accomplish a soft touchdown on the moon’s surface, Space.com reported.
“We’re going to actually build a new halalit — a new spacecraft,” SpaceIL chief Morris Kahn said in a video statement posted on Twitter. “We’re going to put it on the moon, and we’re going to complete the mission.” Kahn also said the team is meeting this weekend to start planning the new Beresheet 2.0 project.
— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 13, 2019
In February, Beresheet, SpaceIL’s first moon lander, was launched to space by SpaceX. The mission’s goal was to nail a soft landing on the moon’s surface and spend two Earth-days there to study the moon’s craters and topographic features.
Beresheet came the closest Israel ever has to land on the moon, but unfortunately the landing was not completed successfully.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) April 11, 2019
Before the big lunar landing attempt, the Beresheet spacecraft managed to snap amazing pictures of the far side of the moon and it also slipped into lunar orbit on April 4, making Israel the seventh nation to successfully orbit the moon.
Even though Beresheet didn’t work out, Israel’s second spacecraft project could help the nation accomplish a successful moon landing and exploration journey down the line. No other updates have been released by SpaceIL on the Beresheet 2.0 project, however, you can follow SpaceIL’s Twitter account for more updates on Israel’s second moon mission attempt.
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