Israel to Shoot for the Moon, Again

Federico Mansilla
Abril 15, 2019

After its failed attempt to land, SapceIL's spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon surface Thrusday, but the project is not destined to end there. Ofer Doron, director of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) described the dramatic moments trying to save the project.

Less than 48 hours after Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed on the moon due to engine failure, billionaire Morris Kahn, who donated approximately $40 million to the moon-landing attempt, announced that there will be another attempt to land an Israeli spacecraft on the moon.

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The mission has cost about $100 million and has paved the way for future low-priced lunar exploration. The State of Israel took part in the first launch and will do it again. He said in the interview that Israeli government participation amounted to about $3 million. "We're going to put it on the moon and we're going to complete the mission", Kahn said. So far, only three countries have successfully landed on the moon: the Soviet Union, US and China.

Private donors were already pledging funds for the new project, Kahn said, but he added that money should come from the public for "a project of the people of Israel". "This team's ability to build a lunar lander for $100 million and less than 50 engineers is remarkable, a leap forward towards affordable and accessible space exploration". 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.

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