The minds behind Israel’s SpaceIL attempted lunar landing convened today to begin planning for a second lunar mission.
In an announcement yesterday, the chairman of SpaceIL, Morris Kahn, said that the leaders of the group behind the Beresheet launch would begin meeting to find a new group of donors for another run at a lunar landing.
On Thursday the first Israeli mission to the moon ended in failure when the organization’s spacecraft Beresheet (which means Genesis in Hebrew) crashed on the lunar surface.
“This is part of my message to the younger generation: Even if you do not succeed, you get up again and try,” Kahn said in a statement.
The project started as an attempt to claim the Google Lunar Xprize, which was announced over ten years ago and was not awarded because no team could make an attempt at a landing within the timeframe specified.
But, Beresheet’s developers labored on with help from Israel Aerospace Industries — the country’s state-owned aviation business.