Tel Aviv, MINA – Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet, crashed into the Moon after being hit by a problem on landing. This incident made the Jewish state fail to be in one place with the countries that managed to land on the Moon.
“Small country, big dream,” the carving on the spacecraft’s body rang, but the dream was not destined to become a reality.
As quoted from Russia Today on Friday, the Beresheet engine stopped working about 10 kilometers of the surface. The plane crashes into the Moon at speeds of more than 130 meters per second.
The mistake occurred just in time for a live broadcast before Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrived at the control center of event.
However, Israeli space agency does not seem to be shaken by it. Instead, they chanted songs solemnly to show that getting closer to the goal was an achievement in itself.
Netanyahu has promised that the Israeli spacecraft will return to the Moon in the next two or three years.
Beresheet, which is Hebrew for the Bible phrase “at first,” could also be the first private spaceship to land on the Moon. The aircraft was built by SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit company and Israeli state-owned defense contractor Aerospace Industries. It takes US$ 100 million from private investors for this ambitious project.
Only Russia, the United States (US), and China which have so far succeeded in making “soft” landings are under control on surface of the moon. (T/Sj/R04)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)