An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon approaching the moon. Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries via AFP

Israeli spacecraft ‘Beresheet’ crashes into moon as engine fails minutes from touchdown

  • Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included, had gathered to watch country’s bid to become fourth nation make a lunar landing
  • Privately funded US$100 million project was conceived by SpaceIL and funded mostly by philanthropists such as Morris Kahn and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson
Topic |   Israel

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An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon approaching the moon. Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries via AFP
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