Israel’s Beresheet, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, has crashed.
The spacecraft aimed to perform a soft landing on the moon and would have made Israel the fourth country to do so — and by far the smallest. Only the United States, the former Soviet Union and China have done it before.
“I am sorry to say that our spacecraft did not make it in one piece to the moon……………..We made it all the way to the moon. This is a great accomplishment. We are the seventh country to make it all the way to the moon.”
Israel Aerospace Industries’ Space Division