Israeli group says it will make a second attempt to land on the Moon

Ars Technica » Scientific Method 2019-04-15

  • This image was taken shortly before the Beresheet spacecraft began its final descent to the Moon. [credit: SpaceIL ]

On Saturday, just two days after the Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the Moon, the president of SpaceIL said the organization would move forward. Beginning this week, Morris Kahn said, a new task force would learn from the organization's failures and begin developing a new plan for a Beresheet 2 spacecraft.

"We're going to build a new spacecraft, we're going to put it on the Moon, and we're going to complete the mission," said Kahn, a billionaire who personally donated $40 million to the private Israeli effort.

So far, SpaceIL has provided few additional details about the project, such as when it might launch. The original project, started to win the Google Lunar XPrize, began eight years ago.

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