Doubling Down: SpaceIL To Build Beresheet 2 Spacecraft, Launch Fresh Moon Mission

Pablo Tucker
April 17, 2019

"As a testament to the team's passion and persistence, we are presenting this $1 million Moonshot Award to the SpaceIL team at our annual Visioneering Summit in October 2019, with the hope that they will use these funds as seed money towards their education outreach or Beresheet 2.0, a second attempt to fulfill the mission", said XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari. 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. 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, reported.

Beresheet-Genesis in Hebrew- started as a private attempt by Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL, which Kahn now chairs, to win Google's 10-year space race competition Lunar X Prize.

SpaceIL was founded in 2011 as a dream by three young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - to take part in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, an worldwide contest that challenged the world's engineers to create and send the first private lander to the moon.

Beresheet made the final cut, but after several deadline extensions, the competition ended past year without a victor.

"Space is hard, but worth the risks".

"I've decided that we are going to actually establish 'Beresheet 2, ' " he said in a video released by SpaceIL. It's when we keep trying that we inspire others and achieve greatness. "We began something that we shall complete, and we will place our flag on the moon". Thank you for inspiring us TeamSpaceIL.

"Explorers around the world know that this is not the end of this story, only the end of one awesome chapter of [Israel's] history!"

"Condolences to the Beresheet lander @TeamSpaceIL for what nearly was!" In Jewish tradition, we learn that the Jewish people are like the moon. At about 150 meters, when the connection with the spacecraft was lost, it was moving with 500 km/h, thing that made the collision inevitable.

A failure would have attracted the mission to an abrupt end.

Around 20 minutes before the scheduled landing, engine firings slowed Beresheet's descent.

Beresheet was not just a scientific project, it was much more than that.

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