The lander - whose name is Hebrew for Genesis - took off nearly two months ago from Cape Canaveral in Florida as part of a "ride share" with Elon Musk's SpaceX, as theBeresheet mission could not afford its own rocket. Their first lunar craft crashed, just miles away from its goal of putting down on the moon's surface. The spacecraft was scattered in pieces across the landing site, he added. Beresheet beamed back one last photo of the lunar surface before it lost communication with Earth and slammed into the lunar soil.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO, will attempt to take scientific measurements of the SpaceIL lander as it lands on the Moon.
If the Beresheet mission went well, Israel would have been the fourth nation to land on the moon's surface. Engineers were able to restart the engine, but by this time the spacecraft was too close to the surface to slow down sufficiently. However, the current suspicion is that a glitch in one of the engine management systems caused a premature shut-down of the engine.
Too late to save the lander, but not too late to send back an epic selfie. "We didn't make it, but we definitely tried", said Morris Khan, president of SpaceIL, which instigated the project. "I think we can be proud", he said. "True, not as we had hoped, but we will succeed in the end". But the competition's organizer, The XPrize foundation, has said it will still award the $1 million "Moonshot Award" to the team despite the failed landing.
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For the past two months, Beresheet traveled around the Earth several times before entering lunar orbit in hopes of joining the exclusive club of countries that have made it to the moon.
The Trump administration wants to put humans on the moon by 2024 - four years sooner than previously planned.
The idea for Beresheet began in 2010, when three young Israeli entrepreneurs signed up to compete for the now defunct Google Lunar X Prize.
The probe was using nine engines to brake its descent toward the lunar surface: one large central main engine and eight smaller thrusters. The spacecraft grew in size and cost over time, resulting in a spacecraft weighing almost 600 kilograms at launch and with a total cost of about $100 million.
"If at first you don't succeed, you try again", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said to the crowd gathered at the SpaceIL control center. But Beresheet was not a science mission at heart. Israel can count itself among seven nations that have successfully orbited the moon.