Israeli organization SpaceIL will not return to lunar returns for its second Beresheet mission, according to a recent tweet.
"We will not go to the moon this time," SpaceIL's announcement began on Tuesday (June 25). "Beresheet's Journey to the Moon was already a successful, record-breaking journey." Instead, we'll seek another major destination for Beresheet 2.0. "More details follow …"
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The Beresheet mission started in February 2019 and successfully completed a six-week voyage to the moon. On April 4, Beresheet was caught by the gravity of the moon and entered a lunar orbit.
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Shortly after the crash, SpaceIL President Morris Kahn announced that there would be a Beresheet 2.0. "We're actually going to build a new Halalit – a new spacecraft," Kahn said in a video statement posted on Twitter on April 13, two days after the crash. "We will lay it on the moon and complete the mission." (Kahn financed much of the mission, with the billionaire businessman covering approximately 40% of the total project cost of $ 100 million.)
The plans seem to have changed since April. The cryptic tweet of June 25 offered nothing but a picture of the words "Dare To Dream" and some answers to comments in the thread of Tweet A view of the distant side of the moon, taken by the Beresheet lander during the lunar orbit on April 4 2019.
(Photo credits: SpaceIL / Eliran Avital)
"While the landing was clearly disappointing, reaching the moon in itself was a big achievement," SpaceIL wrote in a commentary reply on Wednesday (June 26) ,
SpaceIL built and operated Beresheet together with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries. Beresheet launched into space on a second-hand SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched on February 21, 2019 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.