Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Fails In Moon Landing Attempt

Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Fails In Moon Landing Attempt

Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Fails In Moon Landing Attempt

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People in the Israeli city of Netanya watching images taken by the camera of the Israel Beresheet spacecraft of the moon surface before it crashed. "I think we can be proud". The entire spacecraft was reset to restore communications and control, but this appears to have come too late. We are the seventh country to orbit the Moon, and the fourth to reach the Moon's surface. So far only superpowers - the Soviet Union, U.S. and China - have made the voyage, with their governments' strong financial backing.

"We will try again", said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vowing to make a successful moon landing in the next two years.

Israel's first moon lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon (April 11). "That will be for the next attempt".

SpaceIL will land its spacecraft "Beresheet", which, in hebrew, means Genesis.

"We've actually gotten to more than a million young students, and we excited them about space", Kahn said.

"It has national implications for Israel and implications for humanity".

Meanwhile, President Reuven Rivlin soothed the children who were invited to his residence to hopefully watch a successful landing.

And while the competition ended past year after no one was able to meet its deadline (the foundation have subsequently announced they will award the Beresheet collaboration $1m for their achievement), other teams involved are also continuing with their efforts to get to the Moon. If we succeeded every time, there would be no reward. "This is a great achievement that we have not yet completed".

The spacecraft has traveled 5.5 million km (over 3.4 million miles) in its orbits and another one million while orbiting the moon.

The Beresheet lander was shipped to Florida and integrated into the payload for the Nusantara Satu mission and launched successfully on the night of February 21, 2019 aboard the Falcon 9 Block 5 vehicle into a geostationary transfer orbit.

Its speed has reached 10 kilometres per second, (36,000 kilometres per hour).

He said, 'Lunar magnetism has been an enigma for decades.

The nonprofit SpaceIL team was founded in 2011 to go after the top award in the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition.

Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor, Israel's team pledged to push forward. It's going to use the main engine to make sure that this is a controlled fall, taking us to a steady speed.

India hopes to become the fifth lunar country in the spring with its Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Beresheet is equipped with six 8 megapixel high resolution cameras, and five of them are arranged so that they can create a panorama of the lunar surface while the sixth camera is pointed at the aforementioned Israeli flag plaque.

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