Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Promises State Aid to Second Moon Mission

Mindy Sparks
Апреля 17, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged state support for a new Israeli moon mission, just days after the country's first ever such project ended in disaster. The lander would have been the first privately-owned object to land on the moon by Israel.

"This is part of my message to the younger generation: Even if you do not succeed, you get up again and try", said Kahn, who is recruiting a new group of donors and has appointed an engineering team to begin immediately. "We wish Indians better luck with their landing", he added, referring to Chandrayaan II, India's next lunar mission, which is gearing up for a launch this year.

"I think that the achievement of getting to where we got is really tremendous, I think we can be proud", he said.

The failure was a disappointing ending to a 6.5 million-kilometer (4 million-mile) lunar voyage, nearly unprecedented in length, that was created to conserve fuel and reduce price.

The spacecraft, launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, successfully moved into lunar orbit on April 4.

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The Moonshot Award will be given to SpaceIL at the nonprofit's annual Visioneering Summit in October "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. That won't happen but the spacecraft is still up there somewhere with the Israeli flag and a digital time capsule loaded with Hebrew songs, stories, Israel's Declaration of Independence and national anthem, among other national symbols. "We reached the moon, but we want to land more comfortably, and that is for the next time".

The contest ended previous year with no victor.

Around 20 minutes before the scheduled landing, engine firings slowed Beresheet's descent. "If we're successful, we'll inspire children to study the subjects that took us there".

"What makes it hard is the conditions - the geological and atmospheric conditions are different on the moon and the planets than they are on Earth", McCurdy said.

US President Donald Trump's administration announced in March it was speeding up plans to send American astronauts back to the moon, bringing forward the target date from 2028 to 2024.

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