Israel's Attempt to Reach the Moon Failed.
Had the mission succeeded, it would have made Israel the fourth nation to pull off a lunar landing-a feat only accomplished by the national space agencies of the U.S., Russian Federation and China.
In what appears to be a series of Technical failures, an Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has crashlanded on the surface of the Moon.
"If at first, you don't succeed, try again".
SpaceIL, in partnership with government-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, built Beresheet for only about US$100 million.
The Beresheet was the first privately funded moon mission.
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Unfortunately though, with less than 150 metres to go, Mission control lost communications with Beresheet and its attempt at a soft landing on the dusty grey regolith were thwarted.
The spacecraft hitched a ride on a SpaceX Falcon rocket launched from Florida in February.
The failure was a disappointing ending to a 6.5 million km (4 million mile) lunar voyage, nearly unprecedented in length, that was created to conserve fuel and reduce price.
Beresheet was about the size of a washing machine.
Beresheet made the final cut, but after several deadline extensions, the competition ended past year without a victor.
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"I am seriously considering investing in a space programme", he said in the webcast.
Although Beresheet met a sticky end, it seems Israel isn't giving up. "Congratulations to Morris Kahn, their primary benefactor and the entire SpaceIL team for all their accomplishments-we are so proud". She's worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. That's a fraction of the cost of NASA's Mars InSight lander (US$830 million) and less than it cost to make the movie Interstellar (US$165 million).
McCurdy said almost 50 years ago Neil Armstrong had to fly five miles before landing to avoid hitting a rock and had to deal with a malfunctioning radar altimeter.
But, he added, "While it failed to land successfully, overall it was a path-breaking and innovative project".
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