The Israeli ship Beresheet took an impressive picture of the Moon just before it crashed on the lunar surface on Thursday.
The ship experienced a problem with the engine seconds before it was expected to reach the Moon. Beresheet was a few hundred feet above the lunar surface when the Mission Control in Yehud, Israel, lost contact with the probe.
The landing module would have been the first private mission to reach the Moon.
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Beresheet, which in Hebrew means "at the beginning", was developed by the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL and the state-run Israel Aerospace Industries.
Beresheet captured this image of the Moon just before the spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface.
(SpaceIL / Israel Aerospace Industries)
"The preliminary data provided by the engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) suggest that a technical failure in one of the components of Beresheet triggered the chain of events yesterday that caused the malfunction of the main engine of the ship" , explained the Mission in a statement published on Friday. "If the main engine does not work properly, it was impossible to stop the Beresheet speed. Beresheet overcame the problem by restarting the engine. However, at that time, its speed was too high to slow down and the landing could not be completed as planned. "
The data shows that the first technical problem occurred at 14 km (8.7 miles) above the Moon. Contact with the spacecraft was lost when it was 150 meters (492) feet above the lunar surface. "Beresheet was moving vertically at 500 km / h (310.7 miles) until the inevitable collision with the lunar surface," explained the Mission. "The next week will be extensive tests to better understand the events," he added.
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Beresheet took a selfie as he approached the lunar surface, which was greeted with great applause in Mission Control. However, moments later, the team that built the probe the size of a washing machine watched in horror when it became clear that the audacious mission had failed.
Beresheet took this selfie moments before the communication with the ship was lost.
(SpaceIL / Israel Aerospace Industries)
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was among the audience in a Mission Control full for the landing attempt, which was broadcast live on national television.
"We will try again," said Netanyahu. "We get to the Moon, but we want to land more comfortably, and that's for the next time."
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The unmanned ship would have taken Israel to an exclusive club of space explorer nations. Only three countries, EE. The United States, the Soviet Union and China have achieved "soft landings" on the lunar surface.
Israel, however, is one of the seven countries that have orbited the Moon, thanks to the Beresheet mission.
The attempt to land on the Moon earned the praise of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. "Condolences to the Beresheet @TeamSpaceIL lander for what it almost was! The communications were lost with the spacecraft only 150 meters (!!!) above the surface, and could not stop the landing. "Never lose hope: your hard work, your teamwork and your innovation are inspiring for all!", He wrote.
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Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 21.
The mission was born from the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to land an unmanned probe on the Moon. The $ 30 million competition was eliminated without a winner last year after organizers said none of the five finalists would meet the deadline of March 31, 2018 for a Moon launch, Space.com reported.
However, the XPRIZE Foundation awarded a $ 1 million Moonshot Award to SpaceIL for its achievement in its successful entry into the lunar orbit and its attempt to land on the lunar surface.
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"The mission of SpaceIL not only touched the Moon, but touched the lives and hearts of a whole world that was watching," said Peter H. Diamandis, CEO and founder of XPRIZE, in a statement. "The legacy that SpaceIL will have on the future of the space industry is significant. The ability of this team to build a lunar landing module for $ 100 million and less than 50 engineers is remarkable, a big step forward in exploring affordable and accessible space. "
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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