By David Freeman
NASA has published a series of photographs depicting the crash site of the Beresheet Moon Lander in Israel, smashed into the lunar surface on April 11 a fault, the descent motor was switched off prematurely.
The black-and-white photographs include before and after pictures of the crash site, which is located in a huge lava field known as the Sea of Serenity on the Moon-side. The photos were released Wednesday by the Space Agency.
A photo after the crash, taken 1
The photos were taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft equipped with a camera that has been orbiting the moon since 2009. LRO photographed the crash site from a height of 90 kilometers above the lunar surface.
When Beresheet hit the ground, it all started. Mark Robinson, a geologist at Arizona State University and principal investigator of the LRO imaging system, wrote in a blog post that 1,000 meters per second (more than 2,200 miles per hour) are faster than planned.
Designed and built by Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL, Beresheet's $ 100 million lander, it was the first privately-funded spacecraft to land on the Moon. So far, only spaceships have landed on the moon, which were built by the US, Russia and China.
Despite the crash, SpaceIL does not give up. In a video posted on Twitter on April 13 billionaire Morris Kahn announced plans to build a new lunar module: "We'll take it to the moon and we'll do it for the mission complete.
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