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NASA images reveal the crash site of Israel's failed private lander



On April 11, the land that Israel had not experienced was to land a small robot over the moon. But an unknown command of the software seems to have caused the main engine of the lander to be killed.

SpaceIL replaces the spacecraft, called the Beresheet, and resumes the engine, but it's too late. The spacecraft has fallen on the moon, never heard from again.

Today, NASA scientists say they found the site of the impact of nearly 1,300-pound spacecraft and photographed it with the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which continues to capture images of the moon's surface.

Before before and after photos taken around April 22 and released on Wednesday shows the results of the high speed crash of Beresheet. Images from the LRO camera system, called LROC, are shown in the animation below. "As the spacecraft reaches the ground, it first touches over 1

,000 meters per second [2,200 mph] faster than it intended," says Mark Robinson, a NASA researcher on a blog post about in pictures.

That speed was nearly twice as fast as a bullet shot from a gun. Robinson added that the Beresheet dropped to a sharp angle, and destroyed the effect, leaving a huge scar on the moon.

According to Robinson, the speed of effect of Beresheet was liked over the moon instead of leaving a crater. This soil was scattered around 328 feet (100 meters) and left "dark sores" about 33 feet (10 meters) wide.

Below are two images of the impact site. The left image is unchanged, while the right image is enhanced to reinforce the contrast and highlight the patterns of the land thrown across the surface of the moon.

An enhanced picture shows the crash site of Beresheet, a 1,300-pound lunar lander created by Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL.
NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University

Robinson then However, his blog post about the event with an uplifting note. "Despite the disaster, it is important to note that Beresheet is the first spacecraft to be built and driven by a non-profit entity to orbit the moon," he said. "And SpaceIL announced that they were trying again, with Beresheet 2!"

SpaceIL has not announced the planned launch date or other details.


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