Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL has announced plans to abandon a second lunar mission after a crash landing on its original mission earlier this year. At that point, the company announced it would make a second attempt to land on the moon. However, a tweet from his official Twitter account indicates that the team will instead continue to build the spacecraft Beresheet 2 for another destination.
This time we will not go to the moon. Beresheet's journey to the moon was already a successful, record-breaking journey. Instead, we will look for another important target for Beresheet 2.0. Further details follow … pic.twitter.com/W8absyxT1Y
– Israel to the Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) June 25, 2019
The original Beresheet made its mission to the Moon on April 11th, but could not hold the landing just a few moments before reaching the lunar surface. "After a preliminary investigation of the landing maneuver of the Israeli spaceship Beresheet, apparently a manual command was entered into the computer of the spaceship," it says in a statement of that time by SpaceIL. "This resulted in a chain reaction in the spacecraft that shut off the main engine, preventing further activation of the spacecraft." "Trying to repeat a trip to the moon is not a sufficient challenge," reports the Associated Press (19459014). Meanwhile, other private groups continue to march on their planned lunar landing missions in 2020, including companies such as Japan's ispace and Astrobotic, based in Pittsburgh. In addition to Astrobotic, NASA has also selected two other companies, Orbit Beyond and Intuitive Machines, to send robot landers to the moon to help the agency further investigate the lunar surface.