The SPACEIL organization, which is promoting the “Genesis 2” project – the second Israeli spacecraft to be launched to the moon, which is expected to be launched in 2024 – tonight (Thursday) issued a call for proposals for experiments in the space mission.
According to the association, “The calling voice is aimed at universities, research teams and technology companies around the world. The research proposals can focus on a variety of topics including experiments dealing with lunar soil, surface condition, sustainability on the moon – water and food production, astrobiology, comparative data on both sides of the moon and more.”
The association clarified that “the purpose of the calling voice is to combine scientific research with education programs that appeal to the public through conducting experiments that can be made educationally accessible to students, thus bringing more young people closer to the world of science, as part of SpaceIL’s vision.”
The Genesis 2 mission aims to produce international achievements in the deep space, including a double landing on the moon in a single mission; Landing on the far side of the moon (to date only China has managed to land there); The landings (adjacent to the parent spacecraft) will be the smallest spacecraft ever launched into space (each weighing about 120 kg with fuel and 60 kg without fuel).
The mother spacecraft is planned for a long-term mission of about 5 years and is expected to be a platform for scientific educational activities in Israel and around the world, through remote connection, which will allow students and scientists and researchers from different countries to participate in scientific research in deep space.
As you may recall, the association recently announced that it had completed a $ 70 million fundraiser from Patrick Drahy, Martin Governor and Maurice Kahn who together donated the amount to the mission.
Shimon Sarid, CEO of SpaceIL, said that “The mission of Genesis 2 is groundbreaking and therefore we are looking to incorporate innovative experiments that can help advance humanity. I call on researchers from around the world, large and small, institutions and individuals to offer scientific experiments of both scientific and educational value and help us break boundaries and dream far away. “
Deadline for submitting proposals: November 15, 2021. For the full criteria and additional details – on the association’s website.