The planned landing of an Israeli spacecraft on the moon has failed. “There was a Defect in the ship,” said Ofer Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Thursday evening. According to the Israeli Non-Profit organization SpaceIL, the operator of the probe, had been an important Motor for the space probe “Beresheet” in the landing maneuver. The communication with the probe was lost. Israel was the seventh country in the world, it had managed to get into the orbit of the moon.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was said he hoped for a new trial within two to three years. The Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, the main Sponsor, spoke of a “huge achievement”, despite the failed landing. “We have every reason to be proud of.”

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.

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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.

Important maneuver

Israeli spacecraft managed on the way to the moon


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.

“Beresheet” is the Hebrew Name of the 1. The book of Moses (Genesis) in the Bible. On Board the unmanned probe, which had about the size of a washing machine, was a time capsule with hundreds of digital files. Including a Hebrew Bible, which is stored on a carrier in coin size.

Israelis wanted to be able to Soviets, Americans and Chinese

The Soviet Union was in 1966, with the probe “Luna 9” the first moon landing. In the same year, the US space Agency Nasa with “Surveyor 1”. China moved in 2013 with the probe “Chang’e-3,” which dropped the Rover “Yutu” on the moon.

The Israeli SpaceIL wanted to create a prototype for future commercial moon landings. The construction of the probe has cost the equivalent of 84 million euros. The money came mainly from private donors. SpaceIL receives support from the Israeli space Agency (ISA) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

SpaceIL has signed at the beginning of the year, an agreement with the German space company OHB. Are sought in the future the common, commercial moon missions. The Israeli organization also cooperates with the US space Agency Nasa.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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