SpaceIL decides Beresheet-2 will not be lunar mission

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The new colonial movement: The Israeli nonprofit company SpaceIL has decided that its second Beresheet spacecraft will not go to the Moon.

The association’s board of directors decided to involve the public in the process of choosing the challenge that Beresheet 2 will lead, as was done in the national mission to the moon. At the same time, the association will continue to focus on establishing the values ​​of the “Beresheet effect” among the younger generation in Israel.

What I think is really going on is that they have realized that they cannot raise the necessary cash to fly another lunar lander, and are therefore setting their sights lower in order to find a mission they can fund.


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  • Wodun

    As all the updates our host provides us show, there are a lot of amazing things that can be done at asteroids and comets. Not sure if that would be any cheaper but a little creativity will find a way forward.

  • Edward

    From the article: “the ‘Beresheet 2’ spacecraft will not fly to the moon, since such a project does not pose enough of a new challenge.

    I hate to say it, for a project that did so much, but they failed to meet the project’s actual challenge. If all they are looking for is to break new records, then they are not doing what I had expected and are not serious about space exploration. It seems to me that they need to meet their first challenge before they move on to others. Otherwise, they could spend a lot of money not completing any of their challenges, yet still improve their capabilities — just not demonstrate this improvement.

    Even if they do the same thing over again, they can advance science and our knowledge of the Moon, and that is quite enough challenge for many explorers.

    If they do not have enough money in order to try for the Moon again, then that is the challenge that I propose. Find a way to raise that money. Indeed, raising outside funds was the first challenge NASA gave to its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) awardees. Meeting that first challenge led to lower cost resupply missions to the ISS. Meeting a similar challenge could lead to SpaceIL providing lower cost exploration missions.

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