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April 17th, 2019

An Errant Command is Responsible for Beresheet's Crash into the Moon

According to the preliminary investigation of the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet's landing maneuver, it appears that a manual command was entered into the spacecraft's computer that led to a chain reaction in the spacecraft, during which the main engine switched off, which prevented any further activation.

The Beresheet spacecraft.

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) teams continue to investigate further into the error that resulted in the spacecraft crashing into the Moon in order to understand the full picture of what occurred during the mission. In the coming weeks, final results of the investigation will be released. 

SpaceIL President Mr. Morris Kahn said he was proud of SpaceIL's team of engineers for their wonderful work and dedication, and such cases are an integral part of such a complex and pioneering project. What is important now is to learn the best possible lessons from these mistakes and bravely continue forward. That’s the message the company wishes to convey to the people in Israel and the entire Jewish world. This is the spirit of the Beresheet project.