Israeli Spacecraft Fails To Land On The Moon

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An Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet, crashed trying to land on the moon Thursday afternoon. Right before the unmanned aircraft attempted to land, the main engine experienced problems and there was a communications failure.

Beresheet, which is the first word of the Hebrew Bible and means “in the beginning,” was a combined effort between SpaceIL, a privately funded non-profit and Israel Aerospace Industries. It was the first privately funded mission to the moon.

“We had a failure in the spacecraft, we unfortunately have not managed to land successfully,” Opher Doron, the general manager of IAI said during a live broadcast from mission control, according to “It’s a tremendous achievement up ’til now.” (RELATED: President Trump Continues To Make Space A Priority)

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently secured his fifth term, added.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel’s first spacecraft designed to land on the moon lifts off on the first privately-funded lunar mission at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2019. Picture taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur

If the spacecraft had landed on the moon successfully, Israel would have become the fourth country — behind the United States, China and the former Soviet Union — to have successfully perform a soft-landing.

SpaceIL co-founder Yonatan Weintraub told Fox News in a statement back before the launch in February, “After more than eight years of working with brilliant engineers, we are finally ready to launch our spacecraft to the Moon!”

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