First privately funded moon mission ends in crash

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The Israel moon mission may not have been a complete success, but it did manage to send back a great selfie before the lander crashed.

It was only in the final few minutes that things went awry for Beresheet, when mission control lost communications with the spacecraft about 500 feet above the lunar surface. "It's a tremendous achievement up 'til now".

"Our engineers think that a technical glitch in one of the components caused the main engine to shut down - making it impossible to slow the spacecraft's descent", SpaceIL explained. Previously, only government space agencies from China, the former Soviet Union, and the US have achieved successful moon landings.

Beresheet, as the 600kg robot is called, was designed by the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL.

The spacecraft crashed in the last part of its journey, moments before it was supposed to land.

SpaceIL, a non-profit organization funded primarily philanthropically, initially planned to build a very small lander as a competitor in the Google Lunar X Prize. China's Chang'e-4 made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon on January 3, after a probe sent by Beijing made a lunar landing elsewhere in 2013. An additional $5 million was available for various special accomplishments, bringing the contest's total purse to $30 million.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO, will attempt to take scientific measurements of the SpaceIL lander as it lands on the Moon.

Beresheet, whose name is Hebrew for the biblical phrase "In the beginning", had traveled through space for seven weeks in a series of expanding orbits around Earth before crossing into the moon's gravity last week.

"It looks like our engine performed nominally though".

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Israel's Beresheet moon landing captured this self-portrait from 14 miles (22 kilometers) above the lunar surface.

Typically a mission to the moon would rely on a rocket to take the spacecraft the whole way.

The SpaceIL team explained on Friday that the first technical issue occurred 14km above the moon's surface.

It reached a speed of 10 kilometres per second. Beresheet is targeting an area known as the Sea of Serenity (Mare Serenitatis in Latin), which is near where NASA's Apollo 17 astronauts landed in 1972.

Kahn told Business Insider before Beresheet's launch that there was "no guarantee" the mission would succeed.

Yesterday, Israel's first mission to the Moon ended in a rather abrupt and unsatisfying manner.

And the lander has certainly done all of that.

The attempted moon landing began as a dream by three Israeli engineers eight and a half years ago.

Morris Kahn, the major funder of the SpaceIL project, said in the control room after it was confirmed that the landing had failed, "You can't win 'em all".

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