On Wednesday, the Israeli Space Agency said Beresheet2 lunar missionthe epic return to the moon of the Jewish state.
The letter of intent, signed by NASA Deputy Director Robert D. Kavanagh and ISA Executive Director Yuri Oron, states that the U.S. space agency Israeli moon mission.
It builds on a previous collaboration in 2019 when NASA and the Israel Space Agency collaborated on the first Beresheet mission launched on SpaceIL. That mission was technically a successful landing on Earth. The control room lost contact with the lander shortly before landing. In other words, the lander crash-landed on the moon.
Now Beresheet2 hopes to revive the Jewish state and is set to launch in 2025.
The mission itself consists of three spacecraft, one in space orbiter and two landers going to the moon.
How is NASA supporting Israel’s Beresheet2 mission?
According to SpaceIL CEO Shimon Sarid, there are two specific areas where NASA is supporting the Beresheet2 mission. communication and technology.
NASA will provide advanced communications systems to SpaceIL and the Israeli Space Agency. This is essential for tracking the spacecraft during critical phases of the mission.
“We need NASA equipment to better understand the situation and send data,” explains Sarid.
In terms of technology, one of the Beresheet 2 landers is set to land on the far side of the Moon while carrying NASA’s scientific instruments. They perform radiation measurements, another important part of the mission.
“Radiation is very important in space exploration, especially in deep space, for the survival of equipment and astronauts,” Salid said, emphasizing the importance of measuring lunar levels for this reason. Did.
But NASA doesn’t give it all for free, Israel is expected to give something back.
“The two landers and the orbiter are equipped with a variety of experimental technologies,” Sarid said. These tools make various measurements and experiments, and Israel freely shares this data with NASA.
“It’s a win-win,” Salid said.
Israeli and NASA officials shared their excitement about the collaboration.
“The Beresheet project is the pride of Israel’s breakthrough science and technology,” Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis said at the signing ceremony. “The cooperation with NASA and our new agreement, which I welcome, is further proof of the excellent relationship between Israel and the United States and the strengthening of cooperation on science and technology issues.”
“The cooperation with NASA and our new agreement, which I welcome, is further proof of the excellent relationship between Israel and the United States and the strengthening of cooperation on science and technology issues.”
Kavanagh was similarly excited about the scientific collaboration, saying, “The moon is an exciting destination to explore and we look forward to the scientific discoveries that the Beresheet 2 mission will bring.” Our partnership and the Artemis Accord will allow us to explore the Moon together.”
It’s just part of a growing cooperation between the Israeli Space Agency and the United States, which they hope will extend the Jewish state’s space reach.
With that in mind, Israel had already signed NASA’s Artemis Accordsoutlines best practices for space exploration.
The United States isn’t the only country participating in the Beresheet2 mission. In April 2022, SpaceIL will Make a deal with the UAE to cooperate with the Beresheet2 mission – An agreement based on the Abraham Accords that normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Israel Space Week: 18th Annual Iran-Ramon International Space Conference
The signing of the contract between the Israel Space Agency and NASA Israel Space Week, 18th Iran Ramon International Space Congress. The conference is held annually in memory of Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who sadly passed away. 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle Accident.
Since then, Israel has successfully sent another astronaut into space. Eitan Steveand is working to send another lunar module after the first one crashes.
This is a testament to the growing space ambitions of the Jewish state as it continues to reach the stars.
“We hope to continue pushing the boundaries of space exploration and space education.”