Beresheet takes a selfie minutes before touching the moon.
(Photo credit: SCREENSHOT SPACEIL YOUTUBE)
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The Israel Space Agency (ISA) of the Ministry of Science will contribute 20 million NIS to Beresheet 2, a second mission to land an Israeli ship on the Moon, Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis said on Sunday.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting of the government, Akunis said the government agency would double the 10 million NIS. contribution made to SpaceIL's first and unfortunate Beresheet project, which crashed in the Sea of Serenity on April 11th.
The ISA, Akunis added, has already turned to NASA to request its participation in the second lunar effort, after the US agency. UU It will provide the original mission with laser retro-reflector technology to improve communication with the module before, during and after the planned landing. .
"The Beresheet project fascinated and united all Israeli citizens in anticipation of a successful landing on the Moon," said Akunis.
"The enormous public interest, together with the avant-garde technological advances, sharpened the need to increase the tremendous mobilization for the success of the project.
"I have no doubt that the decision to double government support and deepen cooperation with the US space agency will contribute to the success of Beresheet 2 and its successful landing on the Moon."
The first budget of the Beresheet mission was approximately 350 million NIS, financed almost entirely by private donors and costing a fraction of the missions sponsored by the governments of the three countries that have reached the moon to date: the United States, Russia (then called the USSR), and China.
Morris Kahn, the main donor of the project, has already held several meetings with the SpaceIL team to plan Beresheet 2.
The meetings focused on setting the objectives for the future mission, completing the current investigation on the Beresheet crisis, establishing a budget and recruiting resources and personnel. SpaceIL expects to complete the second mission within two years, the organization said.
According to a preliminary investigation by SpaceIL, a command to correct a fault in one of the inertial measurement units of the Beresheet ship led to a chain of events that shut down its main engine during the landing.
The malfunction occurred just a few minutes before Beresheet, developed in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries, was due to complete a historic landing after 6.5 million kilometers. trip since he took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX rocket on February 22.
Although the ship tried to restart its engine several times, the attempts were unsuccessful, which made a forced landing on the moon inevitable.
It is expected that the results of the full investigation of the accident will be published later this month.
After landing, Beresheet was designed to photograph the landing site of the Sea of Serenity and take a selfie. However, his key scientific mission was to measure the magnetic field of the Moon as part of an experiment conducted in collaboration with the Weizmann Science Institute of Rehovot.
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