It’s only been a few months since Israel’s nonprofit space group SpaceIL attempted a soft landing on the Moon.
In a tweet sent out by SpaceIL, the group revealed that it’s not targeting the Moon for its next attempt, despite saying so in the wake of its previous try.
As the Associated Press reports, the company’s statement not only hails its crash landing on the Moon as “an exceptional success” but goes on to call a second Moon landing attempt “not enough of a challenge.”
The scientists behind the mission did an incredible job and managed to send the lander to the Moon at a bare minimum of expense while pioneering new techniques along the way.
The group hasn’t offered any concrete information on what it actually plans to do next now that it has canceled its Moon plans, but it’s more than a little silly to suggest that returning to the Moon would somehow be so easy that it’s not worthy of SpaceIL’s time.
Saying so is foolish, and it’s a bit of a slap in the face to other scientists and engineers who not only sent spacecraft to the Moon, but actually landed them.
In any case, SpaceIL has kind of dug itself into a hole here, and whatever it chooses to do next better be truly incredible, lest the group look even more silly than it already does.