Thursday was supposed to be the day in which Israel became the fourth country in history, landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
But such was not the case. According to the news agency Reuters failed the mission, namely on Thursday evening. Månefartøjet ’Beresheet’ (Creation, ed.) got technical problems, and therefore the landing is not carried out.
It has the israeli control center just informed Thursday evening. The vessel was supposed to have been destroyed during the landing.
A scientist on the project have declared the landing a failure.
- the First time it failed, but try again, says in a comment from the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
He was met up with jordkontrollen for it, had prepared themselves to be a party.
The small space probe is the first of its kind, which is sent toward the Moon by a non-governmental rumtjeneste. Behind the space-the project is the israeli organization SpaceIL and the israeli manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries.
China landed in January as just the third country in the history of the world on the Moon, while the UNITED states and the former Soviet union in the past have visited the Moon. It was expected before tonight's landing, that India would be the fifth country that lands the good 384.400 kilometers from the Earth.
Now they have the chance to become the fourth country to reap the honor.
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A picture taken of the israeli spacecraft. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
the Launch of the just one and a half metres high, the spacecraft, of approximately 600 kilos took place 21. February earlier in the year.
'Beresheet' is among other things equipped with a camera, which can film and send everything that is happening back to Earth. From the control centre could be involved, then follow up only 149 metres from the Lunar surface. Here lost the contact to the vessel.
- There are many things that can wrong, but only one of the things that can go right. You can't test everything, said SpaceIL-the boss, Kfir Damari, by the launch of The Times of Israel.
even Though the 'Beresheet is an israeli spacecraft, was sent not in Israel. It happened in the place in Cape Canaveral in the UNITED states, where the famous Kennedy Space Center is located.
It is also from here that the famous Apollo missions to the Moon was launched.