Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) is flanked by (from left) two of the SpaceIL co-founders Yariv Bash, Yonatan Winetraub, SpaceIL President Morris Kahn and IAI Chairman Harel Locker, and his wife Sara (from the right).
(photo credit: SPACEIL IAI)
On February 21, 2019 Israel launched its first spacecraft to the moon, called Beresheet (Genesis). After its long journey and numerous elliptical orbits around the Earth, it came close to landing on Thursday, April 11. Unfortunately, Beresheet did not land as planned and right before snapping its last selfie and transmitting it back to the control room in Yehud, it crashed. While communication was ultimately lost with Beresheet, Israel’s mission to the moon is far from over.
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