The two landers will perform experiments on the lunar soil. About half of the budget will be financed by an international collaboration led by the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology
After the first attempt to land a spacecraft on the lunar soil, the next venture is underway: President Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin hosted today (Wednesday) the launch of the Genesis 2 project - the second Israeli spacecraft to be launched to the moon. The project will be led by the SpaceIL association in collaboration Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology And the aerospace industry's Genesis 2 is expected to be launched to the moon in the first half of 2024.
With the completion of the Genesis 1 project, it was decided by the SpaceIL board of directors that it would be right to continue the "Genesis effect", and to start with the Genesis 2 project. After a process of research and in-depth learning, the Genesis 2 mission was built in which a spacecraft consisting of an array of 3 spacecraft - Makfat - would be launched to the moon (orbiter) and two landers. The landers are expected to land on two different sites of the moon in order to carry out various scientific experiments. At the same time, the Mekapet is designed to orbit the moon for several years and to perform scientific experiments as well. The entire spaceship is expected to weigh about 630 kilos. Each of the landings will weigh about 120 kg before landing and about 60 kg after landing.
Israeli science on the moon
At the moment, the cost of the project is estimated at around XNUMX million dollars, of which, about half of the budget will be financed by international collaborations, the creation of which is the responsibility of the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology. Talks are already taking place these days with officials in various countries, including at least one significant country that has pledged to support tens of millions of dollars. The rest of the budget will be received from philanthropic and sponsorship donors.
Minister of Science and Technology, Yizhar Shay, said that "the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Israel Space Agency are proud to be partners in the second chapter of the Genesis mission. This is a boundary-breaking and inspiring venture, and determined entrepreneurs who are an example and role model for all those who set their sights on the world of innovation. We are happy to announce that in the talks held by the Israel Space Agency, seven countries from five different continents have already expressed interest in participating in the project, and also in the talks with the Emirates the topic came up several times. I have no doubt that Genesis will succeed in igniting the imagination of all of us, redefining the limits of what is possible and establishing Israel's position as a powerhouse of innovation."
The mission of "Genesis 2" is expected to be multinational led by Israel and other countries will participate in it out of a desire to share and promote the future generation on a global level. Students in the partner countries will have access to deep space, study the information coming from the orbiting spacecraft and promote research and experiments in space.
Inspiration among the youth
Alongside the scientific mission and the international collaborations, the Genesis 2 project set itself the challenge of harnessing and inspiring youth from all parts of the country on a multitude of topics and nuances. The Israel Space Agency, together with Space IL, will lead all the educational activities with the aim of exposing and stimulating the curiosity of the young generation to the science professions and promoting values of excellence, social leadership and groundbreaking courage. Also, in light of this, the ceremony was attended by dozens of teenagers, male and female students, male and female students, along with volunteers from six space centers throughout the country: Yerka, Givatayim, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, and Jerusalem. The event was attended by the Minister of Science and Technology Yizhar Shai, the CEO of the SpaceIL association, Shimon Sharid, the CEO of the Aerospace Industry, Boaz Levy, the CEO of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Shi-Lee Spigelman, and the founders of the association, Kafir Demari and Yariv Bash.
More of the topic in Hayadan:
- Genesis 2 mission canceled
- "The Ministry of Science will budget for 'Genesis 2' at 20 million, double that of Genesis 1" (This news and the news below it are from the first attempt to start the Genesis 2 project after the crash of Genesis 1, which was unsuccessful.
- SpaceIL chairman Maurice Kahan: will lead the Genesis 2 construction project