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After Failed Moon Landing, Israel Vows to Try Again

April 15th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Off World
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Moving Forward

Beresheet may have crashed while attempting to touch down on the Moon on Thursday, but the company behind the failed Moon landing isn’t discouraged.

“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,” SpaceIL founder Morris Kahn said in a video released just two days after the failed landing attempt.

Small Club

It’s not entirely surprising that SpaceIL isn’t ready to give up the dream of a Moon landing just yet.

Had Beresheet successfully completed its mission, it would have been the first privately owned craft to land on the Moon. It also would have made Israel just the fourth country in the world to soft-land a craft on the Moon’s surface (though to be fair, a few others have crashed objects into it).

Road Ahead

Right now, the details of a Beresheet 2 spacecraft are practically nil, and Ben Nathaniel, a volunteer on the SpaceIL education team, doesn’t expect the road to launch to be an easy one.

“Beresheet 2 was only just announced,” he said during a Reddit AMA on Sunday. “It will be a major project that will take major planning, coordination and last but not least, financing. At this time there are so many factors at play that we can’t yet make a prediction when exactly it will be launched. We do hope to still be the first private company to land on the Moon.”

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article misidentified Ben Nathaniel’s role at SpaceIL. It has been updated.

READ MORE: Israeli group says it will make a second attempt to land on the Moon [Ars Technica]

More on Beresheet: Israel’s Lunar Lander Just Crashed Into the Moon