From the moment Israel’s “Beresheet” unmanned lunar crashed on the Moon in April 2019, project leaders and backers pledged to try again.

Now the “Beresheet 2” mission is getting closer to reality, as SpaceIL has raised $70 million from entrepreneurs and philanthropists including Patrick and Lina Drahi of the Drahi Foundation, Morris Kahn of the Kahn Foundation, the Moshal Space Foundation and Entrée Capital Partners.

This time, the plan is to develop not one spacecraft but two ultralight lunar landers—one to land on each side of the Moon—and an orbiter that will circle the Moon for several years and will be used to conduct scientific experiments and educational activities with students from Israel and around the world.

“I am grateful to our donors, who believe in the power of the Beresheet 2 mission to inspire a whole generation of students and dreamers, and for their faith in the ability of SpaceIL to accomplish and complete this challenging mission, which will place Israel at the front row of global deep-space technology,” said SpaceIL CEO Shimon Sarid.

This article was first published by Israel21c.