Israeli Lander Failure Marks 1st Moon Crash in 48 Years

Beresheet’s moon crash was the first in nearly half a century. But back in the day, moon crashes happened all the time.


Crash debris from the uncrewed Israeli lander Beresheet will remain permanently on the lunar surface after SpaceIL’s effort to land on the moon failed Thursday (April 11). It was a disappointment for the program and a setback for the private Israeli company’s efforts to join the small community of organizations that have successfully landed on Earth’s nearest neighbour. But it wasn’t the first time that a robotic moon landing failed in this way.

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