Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Promises State Aid to Second Moon Mission

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SpaceIL president and high-tech billionaire Morris Kahn announced that a task force for the second mission will convene on Sunday.

Why did it take weeks to get to the Moon?

On Thursday, the lunar lander named Beresheet crashed into the surface of the moon. When, before Beresheet's launch, I asked project director Dr. Ido Antebi how excited he was from 1 to 10, he replied: "11".

"We began something that we shall complete, and we will place our flag on the moon", he said. Beresheet 2.0 Just days after Beresheet crashed on the moon, the SpaceIL team's spirits are already up again. The process is expected to take between 2-3 years.

"If at first you don't succeed, try again", he said.

The Israeli spacecraft - called Beresheet - attempted a soft touch down, but suffered technical problems on its descent to the Moon's surface. The spacecraft is the first commercial mission to reach the Moon.

He said the spacecraft's engine turned off shortly before landing, and scientists were still trying to figure out the cause. So far, only three countries have successfully landed on the moon: the Soviet Union, US and China. As did the silver lining outlooks. It was the first privately funded Mission like this.

The spacecraft was developed in response to the Google Lunar X Prize competition that finished previous year, without a victor. It also had a time capsule that included a Bible, Israeli cultural symbols and a picture of famed Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the crash of the USA space shuttle Columbia in 2003. Israel would be the fourth country to land on the moon.

The spacecraft lost communication with ground control during its final descent. It was created by Israeli space nonprofit SpaceIL.

Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor, Israel's team pledged to push forward.

NASA, which partnered with SpaceIL on key aspects of the mission also offered inspirational words.

"Space is hard, but worth the risks".

"I think that the achievement of getting to where we got is really tremendous, I think we can be proud", he said. "We're going to put it on the moon, and we're going to complete the mission".

"Explorers around the world know that this is not the end of this story, only the end of one unbelievable chapter of [Israel's] history!" You have blazed the trail to the Moon for us all.

SpaceIL's Beresheet lunar lander. At about 150 meters, when the connection with the spacecraft was lost, it was moving with 500 km/h, thing that made the collision inevitable.

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin expressed his regrets "for what nearly was" and tweeted: "Never lose hope-Your hard work, team work, and innovation is inspiring to all!"

SpaceIL's Beresheet lander seflie during its landing attempt. The landing - reminded us another important message: that it is complicated, not easy. Moments later, the mission was declared a failure.

The average distance to the Moon is 380,000km (240,000 miles) - Beresheet travelled more than 15 times that distance. Because SpaceIL couldn't count on that, however, it opted for a more complex route.

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