Israel's Spacecraft Beresheet crashes on Moon

Published on April 14, 2019
Israel's first privately funded mission to the Moon crashed on the lunar surface just minutes before touchdown after the apparent failure of its main engine.
Israel's Spacecraft Beresheet crashes on Moon


  • The aim of the spacecraft, called Beresheet, was to take pictures and conduct experiments.
  • The spacecraft had several technical problems during its final descent to the Moon's surface.
  • Its soft landing was unsuccessful after it lost communication with its ground control.
  • But a spokesperson from the Israel Aerospace Industries said that "It is by far the smallest, cheapest spacecraft ever to get to the Moon".

About Beresheet:

  • Beresheet, which means Genesis, was about the size of a washing machine and built by non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.
  • For the last two months, it travelled around the Earth several times before entering lunar orbit.
  • The spacecraft crashed near the historic Apollo landing sites.
  • The Beresheet project cost Israel about $100 million (nearly Rs 691 crore).


Q. What is the name of the Israeli spacecraft that though reached the Moon but unfortunately crashed on the lunar surface?
a. Moonsheet
b. Beresheet
c. Lunarsheet
d. Spacesheet

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