April 12, 2019

On its descent to the moon’s surface on April 11 at about 10:15pm Israel time, Beresheet loses contact with the control room and its main engine fails, resulting in a crash landing.

“Keep dreaming! We got close, but unfortunately we couldn’t make a full landing on the moon,” SpaceIL posts on its Facebook page.

SpaceIL Chairman and principal donor Morris Kahn comments, “Israel made it to the moon; Beresheet’s journey hasn’t ended. I expect Israel’s next generation to complete the mission for us.”

Last selfie taken by Beresheet before its crash landing on the moon, April 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of SpaceIL/IAI

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