Beresheet leaves its mark on the Moon

Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks briefly with SpaceIL officials following the Beresheet crash-landing. (Credit: SpaceIL)

SpaceIL engineers looked on in concern as the Beresheet spacecraft’s main engine unintentionally shut down during the critical landing phase of its mission, in the moments after 1919 UT 11 April 2019.

SpaceIL valiantly attempted to reset the spacecraft control systems. However, by the designated landing time the spacecraft did not check in. While Israel became the fourth country to land on the Moon, rather than pictures of the surface, there is at least an artificial crater in the Sea of Serenity.

Author: Fargo Orbit

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