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Did a bad command cause moon lander’s crash?

A manually entered command apparently set off a chain reaction of events that led to last week’s crash of an Israeli-built lunar lander during its attempt to touch down on the moon, the mission’s managers said today. Preliminary results of … Continue reading

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Israeli-built lander crashes on moon

An Israeli-built lander crashed onto the moon today during its final descent, bringing an unfortunate end to the first privately funded lunar mission. “We had a failure on the spacecraft,” Opher Doron, general manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ space division, … Continue reading

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Israel’s lunar lander goes from Earth to moon orbit

The Israeli-built Beresheet lander successfully started orbiting the moon today, marking a crucial step toward next week’s scheduled lunar touchdown. Today’s maneuver changed the orbit for Beresheet (Hebrew for “In the Beginning”) from a highly elliptical Earth orbit to a … Continue reading

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Israeli lunar lander looks back at Earth

An Israeli lunar lander gets photobombed by Earth in a selfie released today by SpaceIL’s Beresheet mission team. The selfie was captured from a distance of more than 23,000 miles (37,600 kilometers) as the Beresheet lander went through maneuvers aimed … Continue reading

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SpaceX launches Israeli lunar lander plus satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent the Israeli-made Beresheet lunar lander on the first leg of its journey to the moon tonight, as a ride-along payload accompanying Indonesia’s Nusantara Satu telecommunications satellite and a U.S. Air Force experimental satellite. The mission marks … Continue reading

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Israeli lunar lander passes pre-launch tests

The managers of Israel’s first mission to the moon say their lunar lander has passed a crucial set of tests in preparation for February’s launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with an assist from a Seattle space company. SpaceIL’s … Continue reading

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Spaceflight gets Israeli moon lander set for launch

SpaceIL’s lunar lander is go for launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s due to send a telecommunications satellite into geosynchronous orbit, Seattle-based Spaceflight announced today. The launch, expected early next year, would represent the first Spaceflight rideshare … Continue reading

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