Israeli spacecraft fails to make successful moon landing

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The Israeli Aerospace Industry's space division and SpaceIL, the non-profit that sent the craft into space, are now indicating they presume it to be damaged beyond further function. By the time power was restored, he said the craft was moving too fast to land safely.

Doron said the spacecraft's engine turned off shortly before landing, and scientists were still trying to figure out the cause of the failure.

If the landing is successful, the Beresheet lander is created to last 2-3 days on the surface as there is no thermal control system, so the lander will overheat in the lunar day.

"Space is hard, but worth the risks. And we really are making this dream come true". "This is a great achievement that we have not yet completed". Thank you for inspiring us @TeamSpaceIL. Not as we wanted, but they brought a spacecraft to the moon.

On camera immediately after the failure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a member of the SpaceIL team when the company could next attempt a landing.

Israel is the fourth country to reach the moon, even if it wasn't in one piece. The SpaceIL team was helped by multiple donations from the Israeli Space Agency as well as a donation from billionaire Sheldon Adelson in 2014. They were going for it. The craft also took some images of the moon's surface from the orbit and just before crashing on the moon.

"There's some desire already to plan the next launch, and the next one will do better and we will succeed".

When Google folded the contest, SpaceIL made a decision to continue on.

Khan, a philanthropist and chairman of SpaceIL, put up $40 million of the project's $100 million budget. "I enjoy this process". "It nearly seems un-doable, and even if it was doable, it takes somebody with imagination to actually see why you would do it".

If the landing is successful, the mission is expected to last just a couple of days before the spacecraft succumbs to the sun's rays.

But, he added, "While it failed to land successfully, overall it was a path-breaking and innovative project".

Today's landing was scheduled to occur autonomously, on a patch of the lunar near side known as Mare Serenitatis ("Sea of Serenity"). It is part of a joint scientific experiment together with the Weizmann Institute of Science to take measurements of the moon's mysterious magnetic field. The craft also toted a small laser retroreflector array built by NASA, a technology demonstration that could increase the precision of future touchdowns on the moon and other celestial bodies.

This did not come to pass, though.

The first privately funded mission to the Moon has crashed on the lunar surface after the apparent failure of its main engine. China, Russia and the United States are the only other countries to successfully land a spacecraft on the lunar surface. "I think we can be proud".

An Israeli spacecraft has failed in its attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission.

Kahn told Business Insider before Beresheet's launch that there was "no guarantee" the mission would succeed.

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