SpaceIL plan to land Beresheet spacecraft on the surface of the Moon has failed after controllers lost communication during its descent. Before crashing, the probe made a picture on the way down, and when the spacecraft was around 489 feet above the lunar surface, it had lost control.
The plan was to be the first privately funded spacecraft that will land on the Moon. Also, to measure the local magnetic field and use a laser retroreflector array made NASA, to help position itself using light. They have selected an area for landing called the Sea of Serenity, and the place was flat and suitable for arrival.
The entire mission planned by Israel cost $ 100 million, and we can say now that the country is part of the four ones that put a piece of machinery on the Moon, after U.S, China, and the Soviet Union.
SpaceIL works on a second lunar lander, despite the failure of Beresheet
However, even if the mission didn’t go exactly as planned, the team is determined to give another shot. Even the Prime Minister of Israel had declared that the mission wasn’t a failure, and if they did not succeed the first time, they should try again. Morris Khan, the sponsor of the Beresheet spacecraft mission, was very proud of their accomplishment and effort.
Moreover, Morris Khan made a recent announcement in which is saying that the team will build another Bereshreet lander, and this time it will complete the mission. The team started working on a new lunar lander on April 14th, but other details weren’t given.
But what changes they will make to the new Beresheet? We cannot wonder if the spacecraft will be identical with the previous model, if it will function the same, or they will redesign everything if we think that the first model had failed on the communication part and the engines were cut off.
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