Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon

Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon

"Preliminary technical information collected by the teams shows that the first technical issue occurred at 14 km above the Moon", SpaceIL said.

The Beresheet spacecraft, while approaching the moon crashed as its engine had stopped. This moment got kids, educators and parents to talk about the meaning of success, not being afraid of failures, persistence, and determination. Barely the size of a washing machine, the humble Beresheet, which is among the smallest spacecraft to target moon-landing, was supposed to touch down on a plain of solidified lava, known as the Sea of Serenity. It makes Israel the seventh country to orbit the moon, and the first privately funded mission to achieve a lunar orbit. SpaceIL president and billionaire Morris Kahn announced, "I have had time to think, over the weekend, about what happened, and given all of the encouragement I got, and the support from people all over the world I have come tonight to announce a new project - Beresheet 2". Millions of people around the globe watched the live transmission on Thursday of the spacecraft, developed by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), as it made an ambitious entry into the lunar orbit and attempt to land on the moon's surface.

The $100 million mission could not manage its own rocket Beresheet hitched a ride to the SpaceX Falcon rocket, launched from Florida in February.

Israel hoped to become the fourth country to do this. It also had a time capsule that included a Bible, Israeli cultural symbols and a picture of famed Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the crash of the US space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

SpaceIL's Beresheet lander seflie during its landing attempt.

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They included drawings by children, pictures of Israeli symbols like the flag, Israeli songs and a booklet written by a Jewish man of his personal account of the Holocaust.

The contest ended in March 2018 with no victor. "This is what I'm doing, and what I wanted to tell you this evening".

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin expressed his regrets "for what nearly was" and tweeted: "Never lose hope-Your hard work, team work, and innovation is inspiring to all!"

Aldrin, an Apollo astronaut who together with Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, sent his condolences to the SpaceIL team "for what nearly was", adding: "Never lose hope". "It makes it really hard to test" the spacecraft's landing back on Earth.

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