Beresheet was first developed in 2011 when 3 young Israeli engineers decided to build the first Israeli deep space lunar spacecraft. The Beresheet spaceship was launched on February 22, 2019. Although it arrived to the moon and made history on April 4, 2019, the mission ended with a hard landing on the lunar surface, on April 11, 2019.
Based on the knowledge and experience gained during the Beresheet 1 mission in 2019, SpaceIL has initiated a Beresheet 2 mission to successfully land on the moon in 2024.
Upon arrival, the Beresheet 2 spacecraft will split: two landers will be released from the orbiter and will land on separate locations on the moon.
The lunar orbiter will continue to revolve around the moon for up to 5 years, while allowing access for continuous scientific and educational activities with people from around the world – all part of the global effort in lunar exploration.
- 2 Landers
- 1 on the Dark Side of the Moon
- Only 930 kg Total Weight
Building on the momentum of the mission, PLFA and Space IL are developing an international education project that will: Build a transnational community of young people to strengthen the ties between varying countries. Spread universal values of peace and tolerance and share a message of common responsibility for the earth, life and humankind based on the “knowledge of reason” and the lunar mission narrative. Teach the scientific language and the search for truth. Transmit knowledge for the youth to be able to distinguish the truth from a belief and an opinion in the greatest respect of cultures and religions .