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Israel’s SpaceIL raises $70 million for second Moon mission

SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander seflie during its first and failed landing attempt. Credit: SpaceIL

Luxembourg, 12 July 2021. – They will try again: Israel’s SpaceIL, the company that lost the Beresheet lander on the Moon two years ago, raised $70 million for its second mission in 2024, media reports and SpaceIL said.

The financing was raised from a group of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, comprising Patrick Drahi, from the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation; Morris Kahn and the Kahn Foundation, and the Moshal Space Foundation, in partnership with Entrée Capital, the reports said.

SpaceIL estimates the total cost of the mission at $100 million.

The Beresheet2 mission plans to break several records, SpaceIL said, including a double landing on the Moon in a single mission by two of very small spacecrafts, weighing 120 kilograms each.

One of the two spacecraft aims to land on the dark side of the Moon – which only China has accomplished to date, the statement said.

The mothership is meant to remain in space for five years and serve as a platform for scientific activities.

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