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Israel's lunar landing attempt receives much praise

Israel's lunar landing attempt receives much praise

On Thursday, Beresheet, Israel's lunar lander, crashed on the moon's surface after experiencing some communication and technical issues. Beresheet shared this photo of the moon as it began its descent. This moment got kids, educators and parents to talk about the meaning of success, not being afraid of failures, persistence, and determination. The spacecraft, called Beresheet, was in pieces scattered at the landing site, he said.

The lander also carried a reflector from Nasa to help scientists make accurate measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Unlike giant, powerful NASA rockets which hurtle straight toward moon, the humble recording craftthe size of a washing machine, has turned into a roundabout and speculative route.

"If at first you don't succeed, try try again", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was on hand for what organizers had expected to be a party.

"We are all very exited", a senior IAI engineer, identified only as Daniel because of the sensitivity of his job, told Israeli public radio four hours before the scheduled landing time.

"It's a big achievement for a small country like Israel to reach the moon".

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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.

According to the live stream, the spacecraft had to travel only 10 kilometres left to go (6.2 miles). It blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on February 21 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and entered Earth's orbit about 34 minutes after launch.

"SpaceIL and Beresheet's journey captured the hearts of millions in Israel and around the world..."

But then the screens showed the engine misfiring, and the velocity surging as it headed toward the lunar surface.

President Reuven Rivlin hosted dozens of youngsters at his official residence. The children, some wearing white and blue spacesuits, appeared confused as the crash unfolded. "I expect Israel's next creation to complete the assignment for us". "It's been an unbelievable journey, I hope we get a chance for another one".

NASA has made its Deep Space Network available to transmit data and has installed a small laser retroreflector aboard the lander to test its potential as a navigation tool. That won't happen but the spacecraft is still up there somewhere with the Israeli flag and a digital time capsule loaded with Hebrew songs, stories, Israel's Declaration of Independence and national anthem, among other national symbols. The foundation hopes that SpaceIL will use the funds to design Beresheet 2.0, or towards their education outreach. "Your hard work, teamwork and innovation is inspiring to all".