Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL has officially decided to build a second lunar lander after its first lunar lander crashed into the surface of the Moon last week.
SpaceIL’s original Beresheet lander got incredibly close to landing on the lunar surface on Thursday, April 11th, but it ultimately failed just moments before touchdown.
The landing would also have marked the first time a vehicle made with mostly private funding had touched down on the lunar surface.
Beresheet became the first privately funded vehicle to enter lunar orbit, and Israel is now the seventh country to put an object around the Moon.
The original Beresheet mission began in 2011 when SpaceIL formed to compete in the now-dead Google Lunar X Prize competition, a contest to send the first private lander to the Moon’s surface.