SpaceIL lost contact with the spaceship just a moment before it was due to complete the historic landing – something that was only reached by the US, Russia (then the USSR) and China – after 6.5 million km epic seven weeks . tour from Beresheet, an ambitious project developed by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which broke out of Cape Canaveral, Florida on a SpaceX rocket on 22 February.
For 48 days, looked, monitored and sent a Beresheet ground team on each movement of the spaceship from a controlled center at Yehud IAI headquarters.
When it was able to lower, the landing move began – divided into two phases of a decreasing horizontal velocity and then vertical velocity – but failed to give land after contact was lost with a key The spacecraft engine, which left a height loss and a subsequent accident
According to initial assessments, one of the inertial units of measurement (IMUs) on the spacecraft failed during the final effort. A full investigation will now commence.
“At first you won't succeed, you'll try again – and we'll try again,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the control center.
“We reached the moon, but we wanted a safer land. One effort is a great achievement. Israeli satellite will one day on the moon. ”
On the wall of the control center, looking at the scientists behind the project, read a plaque,“ The people of Israel live. A small country, big dreams, ”summarizes the spirit of effort. Unlike all other countries to reach the moon, private donors funded the achievement of SpaceIL almost exclusively from government.
“Where it was extremely amazing and we can be very proud,” said Space Kabn, chair of SpaceIL.
Design the spacecraft to take a photo of its landing location and to make selfie. Its main scientific objective, however, was to measure the Moon's magnetic field as part of an experiment conducted in conjunction with Weizmann, Rehovot Science Institute. help after communication after landing. This communication system enabled the spacecraft to transmit a picture of the moon from 22 km only. height in front of the landing which is badly affected.
"I would go to the kids who might be watching – yes, we did not reach the moon in one stretch but the engineering and sciences are hard," Yehonatan Weintraub said.
"Sometimes it does not work first, second, third or fourth time, but in the end it will work. I would encourage you to continue studying engineering and the sciences, as that you will be able to reach the moon, stars and beyond.
Beresheet was the smallest spaceship ever built to attempt to reach the moon, measuring 1.5 meters high, two meters Weighing about 600% of our payload, the mission budget under NIS 350 million, far less than the other three countries that they spent when they undertook a mission.
The Israeli flag spaceship and time capsule also made its journey, consisting of hundreds of digital files, cultural items and materials collected by SpaceIL staff and the general public.
The motivation for a generation n To encourage a scientific study to make an Israeli version of the “Effect Apollo” remained constant since SpaceIL's effort started eight years ago, when weintraub co-founders, Yariv Bash and Kfir Damari registered in a Google Lunar X Prize award.
While the race ended without any winner in March 2018, SpaceIL continued its mission to achieve the Moon. That mission failed on Thursday, but SpaceIL still proved that the sky is not a limit for a small group of Israel and for many brave supporters to break it through.