Israeli Beresheet Spacecraft Makes Crash Landing on Moon

Israeli Beresheet Spacecraft Makes Crash Landing on Moon

Just 149 metres away from the surface, the craft lost communications with the control team, crashing into the gray dirt. Moments later, the mission was declared a failure. He said the spacecraft was in pieces scattered at the planned landing site.

The program managers responsible for the mission, who also had been watching the mission in the real-time tried to re-establish communications, they also dealt with issues in the spacecraft's main engine.

"One of the inertial measurement units failed".

"We unfortunately have not managed to land successfully", Doron said. By the time mission controllers rebooted the spacecraft to try and restart the engine, it was too late. "That's all we know". The photographs of the far side of the Moon, taken last week after the Beresheet mission achieved Lunar orbit, were transmitted successfully, and are scientifically and aesthetically handsome. At that time "an Israeli spacecraft will land on the moon, whole".

After government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the United States and China have made successful moon landings, Israel hoped to become the fourth country and first privately funded mission to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

"If at first, you don't succeed, try again".

Beresheet was about the size of a washing machine.

Standing before darkened computer screens, commanders declared the mission a failure.

President Reuven Rivlin hosted dozens of youngsters at his official residence. The children, some wearing white and blue spacesuits, appeared confused as the crash unfolded.

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Its circuitous flight path was around 4 million miles (6.5 million km).

The one-way trip was to have included an attempt to measure the lunar magnetic field, which would have helped in the understanding of the moon's formation.

Mr Ramon's widow, Rona, who was a big supporter of Beresheet, died of cancer in December.

The U.S. space agency NASA broadcast the landing attempt live on its dedicated TV channels, as well as online.

The privately-funded Israeli organization SpaceIL announced on Twitter that the landing had failed at 9 pm.

Beresheet made the final cut, but after several deadline extensions, the competition ended previous year without a victor.

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Billionaire backer Morris Kahn, 89, said: "The journey hasn't ended". "I feel excited and honored to be a part of this endeavor", he said. "I knew it would give us in Israel a sense of pride". "We are trying to clarify the matter", a member of the SpaceIL team monitoring the landing sequence said.

"No matter what actually happened, what SpaceIL is doing here achieves our whole vision". She's worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. It cost $100 million - more than the entrepreneurs had hoped to spend, but far less than a government-funded spacecraft.

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