Beresheet send us two selfies that instantly became iconic.
The first one was a selfie with the Earth (kadour ha-arets), taken on March 1st, that gave every Israeli goosebumps:
The pannel reads “Am Israel Hai“, which means “the people of Israel is alive” (a classic saying which also happens to be a very popular song).
The second was a selfie with the Moon (yareakh), taken during the descent towards the Moon, on April 11th, 2019:
As someone from SpaceIL remarked: “Beresheet is a millenial, it doesn’t go anywhere without it selfie stick!”
To which someone commented on YouTube: “Police investigate: possible cause of crash, taking selfies during descent”!
YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing.
The spacecraft lost communication with ground control during its final descent. Moments later, the mission was declared a failure.
“We definitely crashed on the surface of the moon,” said Opher Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries.
He said the spacecraft’s engine turned off shortly before landing, and scientists were still trying to figure out the cause. The spacecraft, called Beresheet, was in pieces scattered at the landing site, he said.
Doron nonetheless called the mission an “amazing success,” for reaching the moon and coming so close to landing successfully.
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