Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Israeli Team Evaluates the Reason Behind the Crash of Spacecraft

Beresheet 2: Netanyahu backs new Israeli lunar mission after 1st smashed into moon SpaceIL's Beresheet project set to begin a second try, after reaching the moon but failing to land, .
Cary Marshall | 17 April, 2019, 11:58

Its circuitous flight path was around 4 million miles (6.5 million km).

The unmanned robotic lander suffered periodic engine and communications failures during the landing sequence, which lasted around 21 minutes, the support team said.

From the control center near Tel Aviv, a fleet of engineers monitored the spacecraft's rate.

The team has not yet identified which component malfunctioned, but they did find out that the first technical issue took place just over 8.7 miles (14 kilometers) above the surface of the moon.

Spectators observed from behind glass, holding their breath because screens revealed Beresheet's engines kicking into gear.

"It was a bittersweet moment", said Adams, hours after hearing that Beresheet's engine failed to slow the craft on descent.

Israel's first spacecraft to the moon was expected to make its historic landing there Thursday, making the Jewish state the fourth and smallest country to complete the trip.

SpaceIL's Beresheet lunar lander.

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"It's very risky, and it is tough to predict we will succeed".

Unlike giant, powerful NASA rockets which hurtle straight toward moon, the humble recording craftthe size of a washing machine, has turned into a roundabout and speculative route. It blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on February 21 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and entered Earth's orbit about 34 minutes after launch.

Beresheet would have been the first craft to land on the moon that was not the product of a government programme.

Beresheet made the final cut, but after several deadline extensions, the competition ended a year ago without a victor.

And while the competition ended past year after no-one was able to meet its deadline (the foundation has subsequently announced they will award the Beresheet collaboration $1m for their achievement), other teams involved are also continuing with their efforts to get to the Moon.

"SpaceIL and Beresheet's journey captured the hearts of millions in Israel and around the world..."

So far, only Russian Federation, the United States and China have made the 384,000-kilometre (239,000-mile) journey and landed on the Moon.

SpaceIL pressed on with its dream, convinced the mission would help inspire Israel's next generation to study science and engineering.

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