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Israel will build another lander

Accepted submission by RandomFactor at 2019-04-14 15:57:19 from the little country, big dreams dept.
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The team that built the ill fated Beresheet lander which failed in its landing attempt on Thursday will build another lander [space.com].

"We're going to actually build a new halalit — a new spacecraft," billionaire businessman and philanthropist Morris Kahn said in a video statement posted on Twitter by the nonprofit group SpaceIL. "We're going to put it on the moon, and we're going to complete the mission."

The privately funded Beresheet lander suffered a main engine problem during descent. Although the team was able to get the engine going again it was too late and Beresheet impacted the surface at 310 mph (500km/h)

The team will still receive a $1 million award from SpaceX [space.com]. Apparently this technically qualified as success because

"I think they managed to touch the surface of the moon, and that's what we were looking for for our Moonshot Award," said X Prize CEO Anousheh Ansari.

Beresheet cost about 100 million in total. 40% of this was funded by Kahn himself.


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