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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:37 pm 
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A private spacecraft from Israel crashed into the Moon Thursday [Updated]

No private company has ever achieved what SpaceIL is trying to do.

Eric Berger - 4/12/2019, 7:35 AM

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Beresheet captured this image of the Moon from an altitude of 500km.

Thursday 3:35pm ET Update: The Moon remains a harsh mistress.

On Thursday, SpaceIL's lunar lander attempted to make a soft landing on the surface of the Moon, but it apparently crashed instead into the gray world. Although a postmortem analysis has not yet been completed, telemetry from the spacecraft indicated a failure of the spacecraft's main engine about 10km above the Moon. Thereafter, it appears to have struck the Moon at a velocity of around 130 meters per second.

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https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04 ... -thursday/

“We have had a failure in the spacecraft," Opher Doron, general manager of the space division at Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the lander, said during the landing webcast. "We have unfortunately not managed to land successfully.” Israeli engineers vowed to try again.

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LIVE broadcast - Beresheet lands on the Moon Fasten your seatbelts, we are about to land.
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