The Beresheet, Israel's first lunar landing, sent back its last photo that revealed the crater-covered lunar soil before falling to the surface of the moon.
The robotic Beresheet is the first Israeli spacecraft to travel beyond Earth's orbit and was Moon's first lander with private funding. Its name was derived from "Beraishit" or "Genesis", which translates to "In The Beginning". Lander Moon made a short historical touchdown on April 11, but fell into lunar dirt, resulting in the interruption of communication.
"We had a failure in the spacecraft; we unfortunately can not land successfully, "said Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). "It's a tremendous achievement so far."
IAI is the company that collaborates with SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit organization, behind the Baresheet mission.
After the spacecraft's end, SpaceIL released an image of the last moment of Beresheet before colliding with what would be its final resting place.
"This is the last photo that Beresheet did, at a distance of 15 kilometers [9.3 miles] of the surface of the moon, "wrote the SpaceIL team in a Twitter post.
Despite the unsuccessful landing, Israel made history the seventh nation to place a space probe in the orbit of the Moon. For registration, the Soviet Union, the United States and China are the only nations that have managed to make a soft lunar landing. But all are funded by the government, and Baresheet was the first privately funded spacecraft to reach such an effort.
SpaceIL's dream does not end after Beresheet's failed attempt to land on the lunar surface. Two days after the crash, SpaceIL announced that it is already planning a second attempt with Beresheet-2.
"If at first you fail, try again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who attended Beresheet's attempt to enter the SpaceIL control center in Yehud, Israel.
The Beresheet is a result of the Google X award granted to SpaceIL. The company donated $ 30 million in hopes of inspiring scientists to create low-cost methods of space exploration.