Despite Crash: Israel Will Send Another Satellite to The Moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 17, 2019

It was a bitter sweet moment for Israel, as it's first lunar probe, Beresheet (which in Hebrew means "in the beginning") crash landed on the lunar surface.

"We definitely crashed on the surface of the moon", said Opher Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries. Entrepreneurship and innovation, Israeli and Jewish - these were the components of the Spacecraft Bereishit, even before the addition of state-of-the-art instruments and engines.

The first technical problem appeared at 14 km (that's about 8.7 miles) above the moon.

Spectators observed from behind glass, holding their breath because screens revealed Beresheet's engines kicking into gear.

Doron said that the spacecraft's engine turned off shortly before landing.

A failure would have attracted the mission to an abrupt end.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, watching from the control room near Tel Aviv, said: "If at first you don't succeed, you try again". You have blazed the trail to the Moon for us all.

Beresheet was not alone in pursuing low-priced lunar exploration.

"It's very unsafe, and it is tough to predict we will succeed". Beresheet was about the size of a washing machine.

Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 22 with a Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk's private US-based SpaceX company.

Accolades also came from fellow former Google X Prize competitors, Astrobotic that tweeted: Congratulations for getting this far and launching the first private mission to the Moon @TeamSpaceIL!

Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor having reached the moon, Israel's team pledged to push forward.

And while the competition ended a year ago after no-one was able to meet its deadline (the foundation has 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.

SpaceIL's Beresheet lander seflie during its landing attempt. It will spend a couple days about the moon's surface, measuring the magnetic field at the landing site, and send back information and pictures. Israel had hoped to land as the fourth Nation after the great powers Russian Federation, the United States of America and China on the moon. "If we're successful, we'll inspire children to study the subjects that took us there". "That's what is going to propel our country forward".

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