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Israel crashed its lunar lander into the Moon's surface

By Cal Jeffrey · 19 replies
Apr 11, 2019
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  1. As we reported back in February, Israel had sent a lunar lander up with a SpaceX launch with the intention of landing on the moon. Today, SpaceIL's unmanned craft Beresheet crashed during a live feed of the descent on Thursday and was deemed a total loss.

    The mission was initially a grab for Google’s $20 million Lunar Xprize. However, when the space voyaging startup could not meet the deadline, losing the prize, it decided to continue on anyway. Google promised to give the private agency $1 million for a successful landing as a consolation prize.

    During Beresheet’s descent, controllers lost communication with the craft. The lander presumably smashed into the moon’s surface likely destroying its instrumentation that was to be used during the mission.

    The craft’s directives were to measure the moon’s magnetosphere and to set up retroreflectors that NASA was going to use to measure the precise distance to the moon using a laser.

    Despite the loss, Israel Aerospace Industry’s division head Opher Doron seemed upbeat about the incident.

    “We had a failure in the spacecraft,” said Doron who was participating in the live stream of the landing. “We, unfortunately, have not managed to land successfully. We are the seventh country to orbit the Moon, and the fourth to reach the Moon’s surface. It’s a tremendous achievement up until now.”

    While communications were severed before the craft could touch down, it was able to send back a couple of pictures including a selfie as it approached the lunar surface (masthead image). Israeli Envoy Elad Ratson tweeted what was to be the last photo Beresheet sent home (above).

    That s not the end for SpaceIL. The startup said that might try again, but gave no specifics. Google also decided to give the non-profit the $1 million despite the failure.

    Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu mirrored that attitude saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, you try again. We will try again.”

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +372

    Palestinian terrorists, is that you?
    xxLCxx likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,404   +2,947

    Better luck next time. As for the money - ask Obramovich to pay for it, now that he is an Israeli, time to start milking that SOB Russian gangster.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  4. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 86   +178

    Now the US will be obligated to go invade the Moon
    mcborge and Black Paper like this.
  5. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 712   +1,004

    There has to be a joke in there somewhere.

    Secular news: 'Israeli lander crashes into moon'

    World Zionist Organization: 'Gentile rocks harass Jewish spacecraft'

    They just can't catch a break. Never mind, hope that they really do try again.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
  6. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 175   +71

    Well give them a break they never landed ordnance before, usually they are meant to crash on people's home.
    Gmachine, arrowflash, xxLCxx and 2 others like this.
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,269   +3,684

    Moziltoff .....
  8. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 283   +88

    Oops! operation "Grab Moon Land" unsuccessful... Roger that!
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,807   +665

    dumb and stupid
  10. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,807   +665

    No people have accomplished more then the Jews. Long Live Israel
  11. xxLCxx

    xxLCxx TS Addict Posts: 231   +153

    Did you misspell everything on purpose? It's funny, I give you that. :)
  12. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 86   +178

    Top comment - 6,000,000 likes!
    xxLCxx likes this.
  13. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,172   +1,591

    Where is Mel Brooks when you need him?
  14. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,807   +665

    Mel Brooks was as over rated as John Lennon
  15. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,172   +1,591

    Have you forgotten Jews in Space? ;)
  16. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,807   +665

    I never troll I am dead serious
  17. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Guru Posts: 322   +77

    But I thought it was Berezovsky who was the SOB Russian gangster since it was Abramovich who had to pay him millions each year for mafia protection.
  18. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,404   +2,947

    They both were. Berezovsky tried to sue Abramovich over some stolen money, which cost him life.
  19. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 505   +308

    Israelis forcefully occupying Palestinian territory is a gross aggression, and in a way, they are the real terrorists with US support. When Palestinians fight back for what is theirs, you call them terrorists? What a shameful comment.
  20. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +372

    When countries have disputes, there is never 100% right or 100% wrong sides. There is always dirty play from both sides. What was I talking about? Ah yea, sides. If I had to side with one of them--Israel. Those Arab are medieval savages. They treat women like property, there is no technology or progress in their stone age ghetto. And they always blame Israel. Israel that fought every inch, not to expand but to survive. Voices for Palestine are not rare, I have heard them. But most of their supporters would not wanna live there and abide by their dark age laws.I am not trying to be biased although Israel's advances in technology are awesome, and at the same time leechy behavior of Palestine makes me feel nothing but pity. These both nations gotta find away to live in peace. But Palestinians need to stop flying rockets toward Israel's cities. They bring death on their own women and children like the cowards they are. No, not cowards. Savages, because savages have their own code of honor and it isn't the one civilized world recognizes. If I met a Palestinian in this country nothing of what I said would apply to him or her, this is rather said toward rotten Palestinian government and their Iranian cancerous allies. As for the people of both nations, let them find peace and healing.

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