The First Private Moon Mission Has Failed

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Published on April 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:45s

The First Private Moon Mission Has Failed

In February, SpaceX launched the first private moon mission.

But the Isreali company SpaceIL launched their own attempt this past week.

Isreal's dishwasher-size robot is called Beresheet, a biblical reference that means "in the beginning".

The 1300-lbs robot was designed by the Israeli nonprofit and backed by $100 million in private funding.

The four-legged spacecraft attempted a lunar landing on Thursday but crashed into the surface.

An engine failure is suspected to be the cause of the crash, reports Business Insider.

Had it been successful, Israel would be the 4th nation to have a spacecraft survive a lunar-landing attempt.

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