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Thu Apr 11, 2019, 08:10 PM

israel's Beresheet Lander Crashes On Moon, Ending Privately Funded Space Odyssey

BY ALAN BOYLE on April 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm

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, said during a live webcast of the spacecraft’s landing attempt. “We unfortunately have not managed to land successfully.”

The crash was traced to an apparent engine malfunction. It came a month and a half after the dishwasher-sized lander was sent into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-launch logistical assist from Seattle-based Spaceflight.

The Beresheet lander, which took its name from the Hebrew phrase for “In the Beginning,” was funded with nearly $100 million in private money, led by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn’s $40 million contribution. Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson provided another $24 million for the effort.

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RCW2014 Apr 2019 OP
Cold Warrior Apr 2019 #1
RCW2014 Apr 2019 #2
oflguy Apr 2019 #3
Grumpy Pickle Apr 2019 #4
USNRET1988 Apr 2019 #5
DillyDilly500 Apr 2019 #6
USNRET1988 Apr 2019 #7
Grumpy Pickle Apr 2019 #9
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 08:45 PM

1. Well, to be fair

they did hit the moon.

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Response to Cold Warrior (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 08:56 PM

2. One of these days Alice...to the moon!!!



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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 11, 2019, 10:15 PM

3. It takes a real coward to ignore so many people

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 03:07 AM

4. Paid for by the American taxpayer.

So this is where all those BILLIONS in US foreign aid go.

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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 04:14 PM

6. Don't forget free medical care of all.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 10:15 PM

9. They live better than we do....all on our dime.

Some 30 BILLION dollars was given to Israel this year alone.

That's enough to give each Israeli in the country ( Pop. 6.5 million ) a million dollars each while still meeting their so-called defensive needs.

What the fuck is going on here ?

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Response to USNRET1988 (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 10:06 PM

8. Agree.

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