Israeli Moon Lander Fails to Land Safely on the Moon

Beresheet’s final image (Credit @EladRatson on Twitter)

Unfortunately earlier this afternoon, the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet which was funded and launched by the private company SpaceIL, failed to safely complete its mission of landing on the lunar surface. The crew reports during the descent stage as the final landing protocol was being carried out, the crew lost communication with the craft as its main engine failed to fire. The craft did however take a self portrait just above the lunar surface as well as one final picture sent moments before crashing into our moon.

The crew has stated that they will analyze the data they have and try to figure out what went wrong and will have more updates soon.