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Final shot from the Beresheet lander. Image: SpaceIL
This is reportedly the last picture that Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft sent back to Earth before it crashed into the Moon at 3:23 PM ET.
When the spacecraft was captured by the Moon’s gravity on April 4, Israel became the seventh nation to insert a probe into lunar orbit. On Thursday, it became the fifth nation to send a robot to the Moon’s surface, though it was not the soft touchdown the mission leaders had hoped for.
At this time, it’s not clear what caused the engine and telemetry malfunctions that led up to the failure. But even though it is not the ideal outcome, Beresheet is in good company. Many
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