JPost – Despite Crash, SpaceIL to receive $1 million moonshot award

DESPITE CRASH, SPACEIL TO RECEIVE $1 MILLION MOONSHOT AWARD
Founded in 1995, California-headquartered XPRIZE designs global competitions to incentivize the development of technological breakthroughs that accelerate humanity toward a better future.
BY EYTAN HALON APRIL 12, 2019 18:27

While SpaceIL’s attempt to land the Beresheet spacecraft on the Moon on Thursday evening ended in disappointment, the non-profit organization will receive a $1 million “Moonshot Award” from the XPRIZE Foundation for its achievements.

Founded in 1995, California-headquartered XPRIZE designs global competitions to incentivize the development of technological breakthroughs that accelerate humanity toward a better future.

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JPost – On Verge of Space History, Beresheet fails to land safely on moon

ON VERGE OF SPACE HISTORY, BERESHEET FAILS TO LAND SAFELY ON MOON
The State of Israel fell just short of becoming only the fourth member of a prestigious club of nations to complete the formidable task of landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface.
BY EYTAN HALON APRIL 12, 2019 01:31

Israel almost succeeded in rewriting lunar history on Thursday evening but fell short after spacecraft Beresheet (Hebrew for Genesis) failed to land safely on the Moon.

Millions around the world tuned in live to watch the SpaceIL vessel, carrying an Israeli flag and a nano-Bible, descend to the Moon’s Mare Serenitatis (Sea of Serenity) as the State of Israel sought to become only the fourth member of a prestigious club of nations to complete the formidable task of landing a spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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Selfies

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:

Beresheet selfie 1

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:

Beresheet selfie 2

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”!

 

AP – Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to land on moon 04/12/19

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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