The Beresheet moon lander, you’ll recall, was a privately-funded spacecraft that was spawned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
All was going well for the little lander, but sadly there was an engine failure and it crashed into the Moon and was destroyed.
SpaceIL, the non-profit company behind the mission, was quick to announce Beresheet’s successor, Beresheet 2, which would also head to the Moon.
Instead, the Moon is now small potatoes, and Beresheet will have a much more challenging objective.
What the wording “Beresheet’s journey to the Moon was already received as a successful, record-breaking journey,” means is not exactly clear, since in most people’s minds a crash-landing isn’t really a success.
Their homepage still shows a picture of the Moon with the words, “Landing the second Israeli Spacecraft on the Moon,” so this must be a brand new development for SpaceIL.
The Japanese company ispace is planning to send two missions to the Moon to map out and explore water resources there.