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Israeli space probe crashed during landing on the moon

The planned landing of an Israeli spacecraft on the moon has failed. "We didn't land successfully," said a representative of the Israeli Nonprofit organizati

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Israeli space probe crashed during landing on the moon

The planned landing of an Israeli spacecraft on the moon has failed. "We didn't land successfully," said a representative of the Israeli Nonprofit organization SpaceIL on Thursday evening.

Israel was the seventh country in the world, it had managed to get into the orbit of the moon. According to information provided by SpaceIL, the main engine of the space probe "Beresheet had been" the landing maneuver. The communication with the probe was lost.

Israel had hoped to land as the fourth Nation after the great powers Russia, the USA and China on the moon. It was the first privately funded Mission like this.

"today We are boundlessly proud of," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the control center in Jahud near Tel Aviv shortly before the failed landing. "It is still an important step for mankind and one giant step for Israel." Netanyahu spoke of a "fantastic achievement".

The probe was spun for less than a week to the moon and had mastered several important maneuvers. The landing in the area of the "sea of serenity", a moon, the sea, headed to you, then, from the optimal point.

The spacecraft had your seven weeks long trip to the moon on the 22. February at the space station at Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida began. It was carried by a Falcon 9 rocket of space travel company SpaceX, Tesla boss Elon Musk in the orbit of the earth.

The probe with a weight of just 600 kg and 1.50 metres in height should be setting an Israeli flag on the moon and the magnetic field to investigate. (nag/AFP)

Created: 11.04.2019, 21:44 Uhr

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