Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- SpaceIL, the nonprofit Israeli organization whose spacecraft crashed as it tried to land on the moon last year, announced on Wednesday (9 December) that it will initiate a new mission to the moon with its Israeli official partners. The Beresheet 2 project plans to send three spacecraft, an orbiter and two landers to the moon.
With the first Beresheet, or “Genesis,” spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, Israel had hoped to become the fourth country to land on the moon after the US, Russia and China. However just moments before touchdown, it crashed.
In addition to Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's Science Ministry and National Space Agency will be partners in the project. The Israeli science minister, Yizhar Shai, said seven countries, including the United Arab Emirates, have expressed an interest in joining the initiative. Beresheet 2 is planned to be launched into space in four years.