SpaceIL’s Lunar Mission Ends In Crash Landing

Credit: SpaceIL
It was not the ending SpaceIL had planned for the spacecraft Beresheet, the first privately funded mission to the Moon. On April 11, after a nearly flawless, seven-week journey to lunar orbit, Beresheet—Hebrew for “in the beginning”—began a final, 21-min. engine burn to reduce its speed, drop...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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