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NASA releases images of the Beresheet Moon Crash Site



WASHINGTON – NASA released images on Wednesday of the battlefield where Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashed on the moon and said it seemed like "a dark spot, about 10 feet wide" on the moon surface.

Although it succeeded in reaching the Moon track, the small Israeli spacecraft crashed during a landing attempt on April 11. Project leaders promised that they would solve the technical problems behind the crash and make a second attempt to become the fourth nation to safely land a probe on the moon.

NASA said the images were taken by their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter as it passed overhead from a height of 90 kilometers above the surface.

"The cameras captured a dark spot, about 1

0 feet wide, indicating the point of impact. The dark tone suggests a surface roughened by the hard landing, which is less reflective than a clean smooth surface," says NASA.

Left: Beresheet battlefield. Right: An image that is processed to mark changes near the landing site among photos taken before and after landing, revealing a white shotgun. Other craters are visible in the correct picture because there is a slight change in the lighting conditions among the images before and after. The scalar is 100 meters. North is up. Both panels are 490 meters wide.
(NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University)

NASA said it was not clear whether the spacecraft caused a crater on the moon surface and said that it would have been too shallow because it could be a limit, however, it was noted that "Beresheet speed was still faster than most speed balls".

The light ha The wage around the impact site could have been caused by "gas associated with impact or from fine earth particles blown outward during the Beresheets descent." The American space organization said it was almost certain that the battlefield was artificial and not from one of the many meteors which regularly bombs the moon's surface and noted the many previous images on the site and that it complies with mathematical models of what the crash site was expected to look like and the expected coordinates in an area called Serenity Sea

What is also not clear from the pictures is it digital library fate that was aboard the boat.

The library contains a 30 million page right of human history and civilization covering all subjects, cultures, nations, languages ​​and genres. It is housed in a 100 gram (0.2 pound) stack of 25 nickel slices, each only 40 microns thick, which was etched using nanotechnology.

In this file photo taken on December 17, 2018, a digital time capsule including drawings of Israeli children, images of Israeli symbols such as the flag, Israeli songs and a booklet written by a Jewish man of his Holocaust experience, who would continue to be placed in The spacecraft of the calculation vessels is shown during a presentation of Israeli non-profit idea SpaceIL and Israeli state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries in Yehud, east of Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez / AFP)

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has said he would like to search for it, called the discs "a 30 million page Frisbee on the Moon – I hope to retrieve it one day".

Beresheet was a joint venture between Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, funded almost entirely by private donations from well-known Jewish philanthropists, including Kahn, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman and others.

The 100 million (NIS 370 million) cost of the first lander was a fraction of the cost of previous state-financed efforts to land on the moon.


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