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Israel's Beresheet moon landing attempt ends with a crash

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Israel's Beresheet moon landing attempt ends with a crash

Landing on the moon is hard, but SpaceIL still achieved historic milestones during the mission.

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Beresheet snapped this partial selfie during its approach to the moon.

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Israel's Beresheet would have been the most unlikely lunar lander in history, but the spacecraft didn't survive its reach for the moon's surface Thursday.

 

SpaceIL's live broadcast followed the tense maneuvers needed to get the lunar lander down to the Sea of Serenity on the near side of the moon. The Beresheet team members worked in the control room as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watched from a spectator area.

 

Before crashing into the moon, Israel's lunar lander grabbed a breathtaking final image

The spacecraft captured a wonderful image of the moon's gray, shadowed surface before its untimely end.

 
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The surface of the moon as seen by Beresheet moments before it crashed into the lunar surface.

It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL's Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon's surface.

 

But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface one final time to snap a stunning last image of the moon's surface.

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Arachnoid

Conspiracy theory: Or did it crash? 😉

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ThisPC666
4 hours ago, Arachnoid said:

Conspiracy theory: Or did it crash? 😉

 or did it really went there? 

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