The popular news network BBC reported that Israel's first privately funded mission to the moon has been crashed on the lunar surface just a couple of minutes before touchdown after the debacle of its main engine. The spacecraft Beresheet's main goal was to take pictures and conduct experiments.
But, it is reported that the spacecraft underwent various technical problems during its final descent to the Moon's surface. The support team stated that the landing was highly unsuccessful after it lost communication with its ground control. "We definitely crashed on the surface of the moon," said Opher Doron of Israel Aerospace Industries.
He also added that the spacecraft was scattered in pieces across the landing site. But he also claimed that the mission was an amazing success, calling it the smallest, cheapest spacecraft ever to get to the moon. The spacecraft Beresheet was about the size of a washing machine and built by non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.
Before invading into lunar orbit, it travelled around the Earth quite a few times for the last two months. "We will try again. We reached the moon, but we want to land more comfortably, and that is for the next time," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The Beresheet project cost Israel about $100 million (nearly Rs 691 crore).