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Israel will build another moon lander as the last time the nation’s Beresheet probe crashed during its historic lunar-landing attempt on Thursday (April 11).
“We’re going to actually build a new halalit — a new spacecraft,” billionaire businessman and philanthropist Morris Kahn said in a video statement posted on Twitter by the nonprofit group SpaceIL. “We’re going to put it on the moon, and we’re going to complete the mission.”
The work on Beresheet 2.0 will begin immediately, he added.
Who is Morris Kahn?
Kahn is president of SpaceIL, which built and operated Beresheet along with the company Israel Aerospace Industries. He also funded the mission to a large degree, covering about 40% of its total $100 million price tag.
SpaceIL is an Israeli organization, established in 2011, that was competing in the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) contest to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
We would like to inform you that Beresheet moon lander was wanted to become the first privately funded craft ever to explore the moon’s surface. But the mission was not realized because engine glitched during its descent Thursday and slammed into the gray dirt at 310 mph (500 km/h).
According to space.com “SpaceIL started out as an entrant in the Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million competition designed to spur private space exploration. The GLXP ended last year without a winner, but SpaceIL keep working on its mission, as did several other teams. X Prize officials announced shortly after Thursday’s crash that the Beresheet team will still get a special $1 million award.”
“I think they managed to touch the surface of the moon, and that’s what we were looking for our Moonshot Award,” said X Prize CEO Anousheh Ansari.
“In light of all the support that I’ve got from all over the world, and the wonderful messages of support and encouragement and excitement,” Kahn said.
Source: Text; Space.com
Image credit; Space.com
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