The ‘Beresheet’ probe, Israel's first and privately funded in the world for the lunar surface, it crashed on Thursday on the satellite after presenting a series of technical failures during the descent maneuver, as reported by the local newspaper ‘Jerusalem Post’.
As the ship approached the Moon, the Israeli firm SpaceIL lost contact several times. The scientists, who expected the mission to land within a few minutes, crashed into the lunar surface after presenting engine failures.
‘Beresheet’, which in Hebrew refers to the biblical phrase ‘In the beginning’, had traveled through space for seven weeks in a series of expanding orbits around the Earth before moving on to the gravitational influence of the moon last week.
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has indicated that Israel will continue trying. "Israel will land on the moon!" He said.
So far, only three countries have managed to make a "soft" landing on the lunar surface: the United States, the former Soviet Union and China.