Beresheet, the first Israeli lunar lander, has crashed on the Moon after encountering a severe engine failure, failing the ambition to become the first privately funded spacecraft to land on the Earth’s natural satellite.
The engines were essential for the landing since they were able to slow down the process. After the engines stopped working the team watched helplessly as the craft began to free-fall towards the surface. Communication with Earth ceased when it crashed on the ground, and the project was deemed a failure.
A representative of the Israeli Space Agency stated that it is clear that the spacecraft crashed on the surface of the moon. The team is now working on tracking down the cause which caused the engine failure. It is likely that the impact completely destroyed the spacecraft.
Beresheet failed – The first Israeli lunar lander crashed on the Moon because of an engine failure
The spacecraft was launched in February with the help of a Falcon rocket operated by SpaceX. It spent seven weeks in space as it followed a series of orbits around Earth, with the ultimate goal of reaching the moon. The mission was later deemed partly successful since the spacecraft entered the Moon orbit and it was close to completing the landing stage before disaster struck.
The attempt was broadcasted on the national television, and several high-ranking persons were at the center, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister noted that the next spacecraft would be able to land without problems. The team is disappointed, and this is understandable, even more so when we take into account the fact that Beresheet’s voyage reached a record length of 6.5 million kilometers, which aimed to minimize the consumption of resources needed for the mission.
Beresheet began as a project which participated in a competition held by Google, as the company attempted to encourage private companies to join the space industry. When the competition ended without a winner, the team behind the initiative managed to secure private funding. It is likely that another attempt will be made in the future.
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