Israel Becomes The Fourth Nation To Land On The Moon

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Pepper watch the live broadcast of the SpaceIL spacecraft as it lost contact with Earth in Netanya, Thursday, April 11, 2019. It dangled tens of millions of dollars in prize money with the hope of spurring a private company to land a robot on the Moon by 2014.

Israel could still claim the title of seventh country to make lunar orbit, and the fourth country to reach the lunar surface, though unfortunately not in one piece.

"We are trying to clarify the matter", a member of the SpaceIL team monitoring the landing sequence said. Not as we wanted, but they brought a spacecraft to the moon.

The XPrize was cancelled in January 2018 but the Israeli team made a decision to continue its pursuit of the moon landing. NASA followed that up with a successful soft landing of Surveyor 1, but before the close of the year, Surveyor 2 failed to land softly and instead crashed near the Copernicus crater. "There's no question this is a global news story that still inspires and guides future innovators and entrepreneurial startups", said Peter Diamandis, XPrize founder.

The country's president, Reuven Rivlin, has invited 80 middle school space buffs to view the landing with him at his official Jerusalem residence, his office said in a statement. "True, not as we had hoped, but we will succeed in the end".

"If at first you don't succeed, try again".

Netanyahu vows the country will try again.

Just before the landing attempt Netanyahu said that he was thinking about initiating a national space project.

Only Russia, the USA, and China have so far managed to perform controlled "soft" landings on the lunar surface.




A multi-disciplinary team of some 250 engineers, scientists, and computer scientists from the non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) designed, engineered and developed Beresheet. We had a lot of success along the way, until the hard landing. "I knew it would give us in Israel a sense of pride". While Beresheet is operating its magnetometer will measure traces of the ancient lunar magnetic field, which was once as strong as Earth's billions of years ago, and measure magnetic anomalies known to be in the Mare Serenitatis area.

Confirming the Israeli mission failure, Opher Doron, the general manager of IAI, said, "We had a failure of the spacecraft".

The probe was using nine engines to brake its descent toward the lunar surface: one large central main engine and eight smaller thrusters.

However, its main engine failed during its descent toward the Moon.

The Israeli spacecraft was the first privately funded mission to the moon.

On the online board of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport there is written the landing of the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet ("Genesis" or "Origin" in Hebrew) at 22:00 (19:00 GMT) next to flights from Istanbul and Madrid and the proviso that the time is "not final".

"I am seriously considering investing in a space programme", he said in the webcast. "We're extraordinarily proud they made it this far". The spacecraft dropped from about 23,000 meters above the moon to about 15,000 meters.

"This is what happens, this is space", said Morris Kahn.

"We reached the moon but we'd like to land more comfortably", he added. "And that is still pretty incredible".

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