Friday, 26 April, 2019

Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in first

Beresheet 2: Netanyahu backs new Israeli lunar mission after 1st smashed into moon SpaceIL's Beresheet project set to begin a second try, after reaching the moon but failing to land, .
Sandra Phillips | 17 April, 2019, 11:59

The spacecraft lost communication with Earth just minutes before it had been to get down, dashing hopes of creating history as the first lunar mission that was independently financed.

Accolades also came from fellow former Google X Prize competitors, Astrobotic that tweeted: Congratulations for getting this far and launching the first private mission to the Moon @TeamSpaceIL!

The $100-million spacecraft was designed by SpaceIL, a private company, in cooperation with the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and was launched via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. However, things went awry when a "technical glitch" during the landing approach sent the spacecraft barreling into the moon at about 500kph, according to the team behind the project. If we succeeded every time, there would be no reward.

The failure was a disappointing end to a lunar boat of 6.5 million kilometers (4 million miles), almost unprecedented in length and made to save fuel and reduce cost. Israel can count itself among seven nations that have successfully orbited the moon.

"As a testament to the team's passion and persistence, we are presenting this $1 million Moonshot Award to the SpaceIL team at our annual Visioneering Summit in October 2019, with the hope that they will use these funds as seed money towards their education outreach or Beresheet 2.0, a second attempt to fulfill the mission", said XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari. The craft also carried a time capsule that contains digital files of the Bible, children's drawings, Israeli folk songs, the recorded memories of a Holocaust survivor, and the Israeli flag.

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"SpaceIL and Beresheet's journey captured the hearts of millions in Israel and around the world..." But nevertheless, we congratulate SpaceIL on everything they have achieved so far!

Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor having reached the moon, Israel's team pledged to push forward.

SpaceIL expects the next generation of Israelis wills inspire to study engineering and science. "Your hard work, teamwork and innovation is inspiring to all".

"The second I heard their dream, I wanted to support it", said Kahn.

Aldrin, an Apollo astronaut who together with Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, sent his condolences to the SpaceIL team "for what nearly was", adding: "Never lose hope".

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