The Israeli moon lander Beresheet on Thursday failed to become the first private spacecraft to safely land on the moon. After entering orbit, the spacecraft lost its main engine and went into an uncontrolled descent.
After initiating landing protocol, the control room said it lost contact with one of the landing detectors when the spacecraft was less than 10 kilometers from the surface.
“According to all the sings, we won’t be the fourth country to land on the moon. We were very close to the moon. We’re on the moon, just not how we wanted. We’ll check it again and try to understand what happened,” the control room said.
“We have had a failure in the spacecraft,” Opher Doron, general manager of the space division at Israel Aerospace Industries, which built the lander, said during the landing webcast. “We have unfortunately not managed to land successfully.” Israeli engineers vowed to try again.
Baresheet spacecraft was launched 48 days back on a Falcon 9 rocket. Last week, it fired its engines to enter into lunar orbit, but unfortunately couldn’t complete its journey and get crashed before soft landing on the Moon.
until now, only the US, Russian, and Chinese space agencies have ever successfully landed on the Moon. India is also working on their moon mission as Chandrayaan-2 and will launch in a couple of months.