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beresheet firefly

Israel’s failed Beresheet lander might fly again, at least in spirit

July 9th, 2019

The strange, sad saga of Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander is a bizarre one. The spacecraft, which embarked on the first privately-funded Moon landing mission, failed to stick its landing and was completely destroyed. Now, after a couple of dramatic twists, it seems that at least part of the lander will have a second chance to …

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NASA just spotted the crash site of Israel’s Beresheet lander

May 16th, 2019

April was supposed to be an exciting time for Israel’s privately-funded space group SpaceIL. After years of development, SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander was poised to land on the lunar surface, which would have been a first for the country as well as the first privately-funded mission to touch down on Earth’s satellite. Unfortunately, things didn’t go …


SpaceIL’s lunar lander crashed because of ‘manual command’

April 23rd, 2019

It’s now been a couple of weeks since Israel’s first attempt to land on the Moon was met with disaster at the last possible moment. The SpaceIL Beresheet lander crashed onto the Moon after what appeared to be some kind of engine failure in the final moments of approach, but new information is coming to …

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This is the last photo Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander captured before it was smashed into oblivion

April 19th, 2019

Last week’s attempted lunar lander by SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft didn’t quite go as planned. Actually, that’s putting it mildly; it totally crashed. Nevertheless, the privately funded mission accomplished a number of firsts, and returned some lovely images from its descent as an added bonus. First we were treated to a view from high above the …

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Oops! Israel’s Beresheet lander crashed into the Moon

April 11th, 2019

There were only two ways the first-ever Moon landing for Israel was going to go. The country’s Beresheet lander was definitely going to make it to the lunar surface, and it would either perform a successful soft landing or, well, crash. Unfortunately, it was the latter. As everyone saw during the livestream of the landing …

moon landing live stream

Watch Israel’s first-ever Moon landing live

April 11th, 2019

It’s been a number of weeks since Israel launched a privately-funded mission orbit and then land on Earth’s Moon. Things got off to a bit of a rough start, with the spacecraft experiencing a strange computer glitch that prevented it from completing traveling all the way to lunar orbit on schedule, but it quickly got …