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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Israeli Probe Beresheet Crashes On The Moon

The Israeli lunar probe Beresheet crashed as a result of an engine failure. Israel hoped to become the fourth country to achieve a moon landing. It, however, becomes the seventh country to have put a spacecraft in orbit around the Moon.

"A new leap for humanity, a giant leap for Israel.  Benyamin Netanyahu had prepared this little sentence at the beginning of the evening that was to accompany the moon landing of the Beresheet probe ("Genesis", in Hebrew) in the Sea of ​​Tranquility, on the Moon. With his success in the elections, the Prime Minister has, however, hinted at his country's intention to invest in a space program.

The last maneuvers of the lunar probe proceeded normally. It is only a few hundred meters from the target that the main engine of the machine suddenly stopped working.

Beresheet was financed largely by private funds. $95 million for a project that was meant to be primarily educational. The probe carried a scientific instrument to measure the lunar magnetic field, but also a capsule with an optical disk that contained the Bible, drawings of children and also memories of a survivor of the Holocaust.

Before crashing, Beresheet sent the last selfie on Moon background with the Israeli flag. And the mention: "Israel, a small country, big dreams".

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