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Jerusalem - Israeli Team Assesses What Went Wrong With Lunar Landing

Published on: April 12, 2019 02:30 PM
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People watch the live broadcast of the SpaceIL spacecraft as it lost contact with Earth in Netanya, Israel, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)People watch the live broadcast of the SpaceIL spacecraft as it lost contact with Earth in Netanya, Israel, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Jerusalem - The team behind the Israeli spacecraft that crashed into the moon has released a preliminary technical assessment of what went wrong.

SpaceIL, the start-up that sought to make history with the first privately funded lunar landing, revealed Friday that the spacecraft’s engine malfunctioned Thursday just 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) above the moon, making it “impossible to stop the spacecraft’s velocity.” The main engine then managed to restart, but it was too late: The lander was on a collision course with the moon at 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) per hour.

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The crew said it would conduct comprehensive tests next week to understand what happened.

Had the mission succeeded, it would have made Israel the fourth nation to pull off a lunar landing.



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 Apr 12, 2019 at 05:42 PM Anonymous Says:

No emunah no bitachon NO Hashem in their lives. Thats what happened. They only believe in the WE. They dont need H in their lives and atheists dont pray and they’re flawless too

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 Apr 12, 2019 at 08:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Iranians sabotaged it.

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 Apr 13, 2019 at 09:20 PM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

No emunah no bitachon NO Hashem in their lives. Thats what happened. They only believe in the WE. They dont need H in their lives and atheists dont pray and they’re flawless too

Simplistic. They had frum yiden working on the project and moved the launch to a Thursday from Shabbos.

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 Apr 13, 2019 at 11:56 PM FSMYID Says:

America was on the moon 50 years ago and I hear all the time from zionists how israel has the best technology in the world. We see the truth here. It is second rate and that's not even its biggest problem.

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 Apr 14, 2019 at 04:56 AM SammyPos Says:

Satmar have banned
‎קידוש הלבנה‎
due to an Israeli flag on the moon!
If you do however say it, have in mind
‎ ‎למלא פגימת הלבנה‎
on the new crash landing hole....

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