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JERUSALIM – Israel hoped that Thursday would become the fourth nation that had ever landed a spaceship on the Moon. social media, it went wrong when the main engine was unsuccessful, and the control center suddenly lost contact with the ship in a few minutes before it touched.
"We landed, but not the way we wanted to," the commentator formed a crowd of spectators, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The recently re-elected leader told a team of scientists, engineers and businessmen who gathered at the control center in Yehudi, central Israel, so they were not disappointed and that it was still a great achievement. Israel, in his words, will again try to get back to the moon again and land correctly.
"An Israeli spacecraft landed on the moon, two years later, three years. We will try again and make it. Earlier, he said that for a self-made ship called Beresheet, a Jewish word for Genesis, the first book of the Bible, this" was a great step for humanity and a tremendous jump to Israel. "19659018] An unmanned vessel departed from the Earth's atmosphere on February 21, when it drove a commercial missile Falcon 9 owned by SpaceX Elon Mask from Cape Canaveral, Florida, over the past seven weeks, it covered a total distance of 4 million miles , April 4th food They said the Earth a few times before they reached the orbit of the Moon, and the craft began to prepare for landing on the moon's surface on Wednesday, to try the path from Earth to the Moon, said the project. This $ 100 million business is the first
Seven countries tried to land on the moon, but only three succeeded – The first unmanned troop landing was in the former Soviet Union in 1966, then the American osmonavty Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in 1969, and in 2013 hosted an unmanned landing of China. All of them were sponsored by the government. This initiative, led by the Israeli non-profit company SpaceIL, was funded mainly by Jewish donors and foundations all over the world.
Before launching Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL and his largest investor, "presented" Israel's project and announced that the national project. This move was approved by the Israeli leadership, and Netanyahu also attended the event.
Kan, an Israeli billionaire born in southern Africa, said he hopes that this initiative will greatly contribute to future space illumination. The purpose, as he said, was to inspire the future generation of Israeli children and to understand that everything is possible.
The idea for Beresheet began in 2010 when three young Israeli entrepreneurs signed up to compete for the current Google Lunar X Prize. Yar Bash, Kfir Damari and Jonathan Weintraub hoped to win a $ 20 million bonus, landing an Israeli unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. Although they were not able to win the prize – nobody did – they continued to create SpaceIL.
The project not only received financial support from private investors, but also received support from Israeli government agencies such as Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israel Space Agency. It was these links last summer that helped make deals with NASA and SpaceX Musk.
Israelis have already felt their share of frustration and tragedy when it comes to space travel. Israel's only astronaut, Ilan Ramon, was among the seven members of Columbia's space shuttle crew when it broke up after returning to the Earth's atmosphere in 2003.