Israel announces Beresheet 2.0

Israel announces Beresheet 2.0

Following the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s failure to land safely on the moon this week, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn announced he was launching project Beresheet 2, effective immediately.

"I’ve come to announce a new project: Beresheet 2. We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon," Kahn wrote on Twitter.

He added that "Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow… A mission team will be meeting tomorrow to start work," Times of Israel reported.

Kahn later shared an English-language video on Twitter in which he said: "We’re going to complete the mission."

The project was a joint venture between the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, funded almost entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists, including Kahn, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman, and others.

Immediately after the result, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will make another attempt.