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Team assesses Everything went wrong with lunar landing

17 April 2019

Although the crash dashed the hopes of engineers and fans around the world that had been rooting for your spacecraft's safe arrival, the group highlighted that the mission was still a victory for reaching the moon and coming so close to landing.

SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn announced on Saturday that there will be a second Beresheet lunar spacecraft, following the first Israeli moon mission ending unsuccessfully last week when the spacecraft crashed into the moon's surface. "We're looking forward to future opportunities to explore the moon together", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the NASA Science Mission Directorate said on Twitter.

The average distance to the Moon is 380,000km (240,000 miles) - Beresheet travelled more than 15 times that distance. If we succeeded every time, there would be no reward.

The failure was a disappointing end to a lunar voyage of 6.5 million kilometers (4 million miles), nearly unprecedented in length and created to conserve fuel and reduce price. Despite this disappointing incident, the team behind the Beresheet mission will try again, so Israel can be the fourth nation to accomplish a soft touchdown on the moon's surface, Space.com reported.

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The spacecraft, launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, successfully moved into lunar orbit on April 4.

SpaceIL's Beresheet lander seflie during its landing attempt.

Backers of SpaceIL, the private venture behind the Beresheet craft, said this week that they would fund Beresheet 2.

Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin expressed his regrets "for what nearly was" and tweeted: "Never lose hope-Your hard work, team work, and innovation is inspiring to all!"

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Although the Google prize expired in March without a victor having reached the moon, Israel's team pledged to push forward.

They included drawings by children, pictures of Israeli symbols like the flag, Israeli songs and a booklet written by a Jewish man of his personal account of the Holocaust. "This is what I'm doing, and what I wanted to tell you this evening".

In the 1960s, before the Apollo lunar landings, NASA sent seven unmanned Surveyor flights to the moon and two failed, he said. "It makes it really hard to test" the spacecraft's landing back on Earth.

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Team assesses Everything went wrong with lunar landing