On Thursday evening, Israel was almost successful in getting lunar history rewritten. Unfortunately, it fell short after the spacecraft Beresheet did not manage to make a safe landing on the surface of the Moon. Millions of people all across the world had tuned in to watch the live telecast of the SpaceIL vessel, carrying the flag of Israel and a small Bible. It was set to descend to the Mare Serenitatis of the Moon. The moment was such that the State of Israel had sought to become only the fourth member of a prestigious pool of nations to complete the formidable task of landing up a spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The SpaceIL went over to lose contact with the spacecraft just minutes before it was set to complete the landing.
The spacecraft landing was only achieved before by the United States, Russia, and China. This was after covering a journey of 6.5 million km for a period of seven weeks since Beresheet. It is quite an ambitious project that is developed by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries. The spacecraft was blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida with the SpaceX rocket on board on 22nd February. For a period of 48 days, the ground crew of Beresheet had watched,m monitored and went on to execute each and every movement of the spacecraft right from a control centre at the Yehud headquarters of IAI.
Once they were in a position to go down, the landing operation split into two phases of decreased horizontal velocity, followed by vertical velocity. The commencement to descend had started but ultimately failed to land after contact got lost with the main engine of the spacecraft. Thus it led to a loss of altitude and a crash landing in a subsequent manner.
Francis is an Author at Times Slate. He holds the responsibilities of covering Science and Technology news. Francis loves reading books and watching movies.