Beresheet fails to land safely on the moon – Netanyahu: If you don’t succeed at first – try again
As Beresheet approached the moon, SpaceIL lost contact with the spacecraft several times.
The scientists kept hope as the connection was restored, but just minutes before the spacecraft was supposed to touch down, contact was lost once again and it crashed on the moon.
Israel “likely won’t be the fourth country in the world” to land. “We are on the moon, but not in the way we wanted. But we will check again,” the crowd is told.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. What Israel did was a major accomplishment, which will lead to eventual success, ” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said shortly after the crash.
Beresheet was developed by SpaceIL, a former team in the Google Lunar X Prize competition. Beresheet launched on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 21st, and it was deployed into a wide orbit around Earth.
Beresheet was carrying the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the Israeli flag, images of historic Israeli milestones and a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-sized metal disc.