The Israeli moon lander crashed - but it shared this selfie first

Katie Ramirez
April 17, 2019

The main engine managed to restart soon after, but it was too late: the lander was on a collision course with the moon at 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) per hour.

A new Beresheet space project is set to get underway after its benefactor, Morris Kahn announced he will finance a second attempt. The process is expected to take between 2-3 years. Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). also took part in its development, which continued even after the competition ended with no timely victor.

Beresheet, which is an unmanned spacecraft from Israeli, crashed while it attempted to land on the moon, because of a technical glitch, according to SpaceIL.

Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged state support for a new Israeli moon mission, just days after the country's first ever such project ended in disaster.

Beresheet project engineers worked to understand what had gone wrong in the final, fatal seconds before the spacecraft crashed.

The SpaceIL and IAI control room in Yehud, Israel on the night of the moon landing attempt, April 11, 2019. Only the United States, Russia and China have landed crafts on the moon, with India working on it. As did the silver lining outlooks.

Its origins lie in the Google Lunar XPrize, an global challenge offering $20m for the first privately developed spacecraft to land on the Moon. The accident occurred during its descent over Mare Serenitatis, on the northern hemisphere of the moon.

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The craft also carries a "time capsule" loaded with digital files containing a Bible, children's drawings, Israeli songs, memories of a Holocaust survivor and the blue-and-white Israeli flag.

Regardless of this setback, Israel can now boast that is the seventh country to make impact on the moon. Beresheet shared this photo of the moon as it began its descent.

Fifth, SpaceIL will be awarded a $1 million prize for its achievements.

The former Soviet Union achieved the first soft landing with its spacecraft Luna 9 in 1966.

The Israeli SpaceIL wanted to create a prototype for future commercial moon landings.

And though the contest deadline passed past year on March 31, 2018 and the $20 million prize went unclaimed, SpaceIL chose to push forth with the project with the aim of "showing the next generation that anything is possible - that even our small country can push the limits of imagination".

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