Israel's "Genesis" module crashed while landing on the moon
The Israeli spacecraft "Genesis" private company SpaceIL unable to land on the surface of Earth's satellite in lunar plain called the Sea of Tranquility. During the operation, there were some problems that could not be solved in time. The device is officially recognized lost. This was announced during the broadcast of the flight control center is one of the mission leaders.
"Unfortunately, we were not able to put the unit" - said the employee of the control center.
Broadcast landing "Bereshita" waged through the official YouTube-channel SpaceIL.
Before starting the process of planting the device launched basic and auxiliary engines, made several corrective maneuvers to reorient the module in the mounting position. After a few minutes of "Genesis" sent a selfie on the background of the lunar surface from a height of 22 kilometers to the satellite. It would seem that everything goes well.
But then the problems started. First, the mission control center lost telemetry with the device.
After a few seconds of data transmission was restored, but there was a more serious problem. Switch off the main motor, by which the modules were landing. He was also able to successfully restart, but, apparently, the time it took too much and he did not slow the machine when descending. According to official data connection with "Bereshitom" lost. After a failed landing of a spacecraft, "Genesis," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the country in a few years anyway will land a spacecraft on the moon.
"After 2, 5 - 3, the Israeli spacecraft prilunitsya intact", - said the prime minister on Thursday, was also present in the mission control room, where broadcast module landing was carried out.
Sending "Bereshita" the Moon took place 47 days ago. During this time he covered the distance in 6, 5 million kilometers. April 4 unit went into lunar orbit.
If the moon landing was successful, Israel would become the fourth country after the Soviet Union, the US and China, which delivered a robotic station on the surface of the Earth's natural satellite in operation.
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