Did NASA Experiment Survive Israeli Moon Lander’s Crash?

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The NASA payload, known as the Lunar Retroreflector Array (LRA), is a technology demonstration composed of eight mirrors made of quartz cube corners that are set into a dome-shaped aluminum frame. These mirrors are intended to serve as markers for other spacecraft, which can use them to orient themselves for precision landings.

The entire instrument is smaller than a computer mouse and lightweight. But it’s tough, radiation-hardened and designed to be long-lived, so the LRA may not have been destroyed by Beresheet’s hard landing.

Many things are taking place:

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon

The Israeli spacecraft – called Beresheet – attempted a soft touchdown, but suffered technical problems on its descent to the lunar surface.

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Only government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the US and China have achieved soft lunar landings.

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“I think that the achievement of getting to where we got is really tremendous; I think we can be proud,” he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, watching from the control room near Tel Aviv, said: “If at first you don’t succeed, you try again.”

After a seven-week journey to the Moon, the robotic spacecraft approached a final orbit at 15km (9 miles) from the surface.

Israel’s Beresheet moon landing attempt ends with a crash

Israel’s Beresheet would have been the most unlikely lunar lander in history, but the spacecraft didn’t survive its reach for the moon’s surface Thursday.

The landing process suffered some glitches when the main engine cut out and mission control lost communication. The disappointed team reacted calmly to the failure.

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“Well, we didn’t make it, but we definitely tried, and the achievement of getting where we got is really tremendous,” said Morris Khan, an Israeli entrepreneur who provided a large portion of the funding for Beresheet, as he addressed the observers near the control room. “We can be proud.”

Doubling Down: SpaceIL To Build Beresheet 2 Spacecraft, Launch Fresh Moon Mission

In a true testament to Israeli resilience, SpaceIL announced late Saturday ‘ some 48 hours after the crash-landing of its lunar lander Beresheet ‘ that it would be building a new spacecraft dubbed Beresheet 2 and launching a fresh mission to the moon.

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SpaceIL President Morris Kahn, an Israeli-South African philanthropist and the non-profit organization’s main backer, released a video late Saturday night welcoming the outpouring of support for the world’s first privately-funded moon expedition, and its unfortunate failed attempt to perform a controlled landing on the lunar surface on Thursday.

  • Publisher: NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News
  • Date: 2019-04-14T09:43:25Z
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