Privately-Funded Moon Mission Will Try Again. 'Lunar Library' May Be On The Moon

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has congratulated the team which
sent the first privately-funded mission into lunar orbit — even
though it crashed into the surface of the moon. Its final photo was
taken Thursday just 7.5 kilometers above the surface of the moon.
But reports that’s not the end of the story: On Saturday
Morris Kahn, the billionaire businessman, pilanthropist and SpaceIL
president, confirmed that the SpaceIL team is meeting this weekend
to begin planning the Beresheet 2.0 mission. “In light of all the
support I’ve got from all over the world, and the wonderful
messages of support and encouragement and excitement, I’ve decided
that we’re going to actually build a new halalit — a new
spacecraft,” Kahn said in a video statement posted on Twitter by
SpaceIL. “We’re going to put it on the moon, and we’re going to
complete the mission.” The team behind Beresheet knew all along
that the mission’s design included risks. In order to keep the
spacecraft small enough to piggyback with another spacecraft on a
Falcon 9 rocket, the engineering team had to design the craft
without any backup systems. Nevertheless, before its ultimate
failure, the spacecraft withstood multiple glitches while in Earth
orbit and during the early stages of landing…. NASA knows as well
as anyone just how difficult spaceflight can be. The moon’s surface
is littered with dozens of expired spacecraft, and although many
ended their missions smoothly, several made unplanned crash
landings, including NASA’s own Surveyor 2 and 4 missions during the
1960s. Somewhere in the spacecraft’s wreckage are 25 data disks
backing up crucial human knowledge that were meant to last one
billion years. The co-founder of the group behind the disk notes
that “airplane black boxes survive stronger impacts, and our disc
is less breakable… It was probably thrown a few kilometers away
— a 30 million page frisbee on the moon.” They’re now assembling a
team of crash experts, engineers, “and even a treasure hunter or
two… to figure out what might remain, and then track it down.”
Their preliminary response from several experts: their Lunar
Library “is definitely on the Moon, and it is also likely to be
intact….” “We have either installed the first library on the
moon, or we installed the first archaeological ruins of early human
attempts to build a library on the moon…”

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Privately-Funded Moon Mission Will Try Again. 'Lunar Library' May Be On The Moon