Israel's lunar landing attempt receives much praise

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, .

"They have paved the way for private missions to the Moon".

The first Beresheet lander crashed into the surface of the moon after a main engine failure just two days ago.

On Sunday night, South Africa-born Kahn said: "We are going to actually put a new spacecraft on the moon and we are going to complete the mission". Barely the size of a washing machine, the humble Beresheet, which is among the smallest spacecraft to target moon-landing, was supposed to touch down on a plain of solidified lava, known as the Sea of Serenity.

The Google Lunar X Prize Competition, which offered $20 million for the first privately funded venture to make it to the moon, is what first drove SpaceIL to get Beresheet off the ground.

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"We didn't make it, but we definitely tried, and I think the achievement of getting to where we got is pretty tremendous", Morris Kahn, SpaceIL president and primary funder, said in a livestream video of the moon landing attempt.

"It seems that a failure in our inertial measurements unit caused a chain of events in the spacecraft avionics which cut off the engines and caused us to lose the mission", said Opher Doron, general manager of the space division at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Third, though Israel didn't become the fourth country to complete a controlled landing, it did become the seventh nation in the world to orbit the moon, and it got oh-so-close to the surface.

But the Beresheet mission, which launched on 22 February from Cape Canaveral in Florida, spent weeks reaching its destination.

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The craft also carries a "time capsule" loaded with digital files containing a Bible, children's drawings, Israeli songs, memories of a Holocaust survivor and the blue-and-white Israeli flag. "I hope this time we will succeed", he said at a cabinet meeting. "Never lose hope - your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!" he wrote on Twitter.

The contest ended in March 2018 with no victor.

"We haven't landed on the moon yet, but Israelis are not losers, they're winners".

SpaceIL pressed on with its dream, convinced the mission would help inspire Israel's next generation to study science and engineering. "We would have been turning in distance toward a sun orbit that no one wants to enter".

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