April 14 (UPI) -- Billionaire Morris Kahn has announced plans for a second attempt to successfully land a spacecraft, Beresheet 2, on the moon for Israel -- a project that might take two years.
The 5-foot-tall Beresheet 1, the world's first privately funded moon lander, crashed into the moon while attempting a landing Thursday.
It would take about two or three years to get another prototype ready for a moon landing, SpaceIL co-founder Yariv Bash said, according to the Times of Israel.
The project was a joint venture between his Israeli nonprofit and Israel Aerospace Industries, funded almost entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists, including Kahn, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman.
The main engine cut off about above the moon's surface and the spacecraft could not properly brake in time to make a gentle landing.