Genesis Prize Foundation grants $1m. to Support Israel’s 2nd Space Mission

Photo courtesy SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries

The Genesis Prize Foundation is providing a $1 million grant to support “Beresheet 2,” Israel’s second spacecraft to attempt a moon landing.

For months, Israel and the Jewish community around the world were mesmerized by Israel’s audacious effort to land the “Beresheet” spacecraft on the moon. Everyone held their collective breath in the final moments of the lander’s descent to the lunar surface and shared in the disappointment when the landing did not go as planned.

Just two days later, Morris Kahn, Chairman of SpaceIL and the principal funder of the space mission, announced Beresheet 2, declaring Israel’s intent to complete the mission and put a new spacecraft on the moon.

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, in honor of Morris Kahn, and in celebration of the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, The Genesis Prize Foundation announced its $1 million grant to support Beresheet 2.