SpaceIL was one of the finalists for Google's Lunar Xprize, which ended without a winner. Had the probe landed, it would have carried several scientific experiences. This involves measuring a local magnetic field using a magnetometer and carrying a NASA-made laser retroreflector array to measure the exact distance between the Earth and the Moon.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Beresheet into a high Earth orbit. It also brought a time capsule containing a copy of the English-language Wikipedia, the Wearable Rosetta Disk, the Torah, children's drawings, memoirs of a Holocaust survivor and more. is February 22nd. It spent the next couple of months leisurely making its way towards the Moon's orbit, and it was supposed to land on the northern hemisphere.
Except for the high-speed crash, SpaceIL's attempt was actually pretty successful. It's just the fourth nation to put a spacecraft on the Moon – even in pieces – after the US, the former Soviet Union and China. It managed to do that with a mission cost of just $ 100 million, a tiny percentage of any previous effort. The company said that it is encouraged by the first effort and plans to build another Beresheet lander to "complete the mission."