Where the condemned lunar lander of Israel crashed on the moon: NASA image trapped in orbit around the world reveals the place of impact & # 39; halo & # 39; that was left by Beresheet
- The Beresheet spacecraft from Israel crashed on April 11 during the landing
- Image captured by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) shows a new impact site
- Although it is too far to determine whether a crater has been made, the effect becomes halo visible
A month after Israeli non-profit SpaceIL crashed its moon lander into the surface of the moon, NASA says it has seen the place of impact.
Israel tried on April 11 to become the first country to land a private spacecraft on the moon. But things were quickly unraveled shortly after the Beresheet lander began his descent.
Mission control had to reset the main engine when it was about twelve kilometers from the surface, but in the end it was not possible to get everything working again; unable to slow himself down, Beresheet plummeted and broke apart.
A new image captured by NASA & Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on April 22 shows a new impact site on an area of the moon called Sea of Serenity, probably created by the rapid collision.
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THE BERESHEET CRAFT
Beresheet is approximately 5 feet (1 meter) long with 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) wide with its landing gear and legs deployed
Beresheet stays in the orbit of the Earth for about a month and slowly expands its ellipse until it reaches apogee, or the farthest point from here, nearly 250,000 miles (400,000 kilometers) away.
It will then be introduced slowly into the orbit of the moon.
Moon surface operations are meant to last only two days. Beresheet measures the magnetic field at the landing site and returns data and images.
A time capsule is on board the lander – including a photo of the Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in 2003 aboard the space shuttle Columbia.
LRO was about 56 miles (90 kilometers) above the surface when it captured the image with its camera array.
From this distance it did not matter whether or not a crater had formed as a result of the collision, but a white impact halo is clear where it did not exist before.
& # 39; It is possible that the crater is just too small to appear on photos & # 39; s, says NASA.
& # 39; Another possibility is that Beresheet formed a small line instead of a crater, given the low angle of incidence (about 8.4 degrees from the surface), light mass (compared to a dense meteoroid of the same size) and low speed (again compared to a meteoroid of the same size; the speed of Beresheet was still higher than that of the fastest bullets). & # 39;
Radio tracking enabled scientists to locate the landing site within a few kilometers, the space agency said.
This, along with a series of & # 39; for & # 39; images of the area of the last decade and only 16 days before the crash revealed a new feature in line with what Beresheet would have created given its size and speed.
SpaceIL hoped to complete a Beresheet landing on the moon and make Israel the fourth country to manage the performance – behind the US, Russia and China.
Although it could not achieve this achievement, the mission still makes Israel only the seventh country for every lunar orbit.
A new image captured by NASA & Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on April 22 shows a new impact site on an area of the moon called Sea of Serenity, seen left and right. The correct image has been improved
Radio tracking enabled scientists to locate the landing site within a few kilometers, the space agency said. This, along with a series of & # 39; for & # 39; images, has helped scientists discover the new function
Not long after the crash, Israel said it was planning to undertake another mission in the coming years.
SpaceIL & # 39; s Beresheet was part of a & # 39; zip heart & # 39; with Elon Musk & # 39; s SpaceX, because the mission could not afford its own rocket.
After traveling more than 3.4 million miles (95.5 million km) around the Earth and getting closer to the moon, the spacecraft finally swept into the elliptical orbit of the moon on April 4.
The recognition attempt started shortly after 3:00 pm ET (8 pm BST) and in a live streamed event held by Contact Global Broadcasting Services.
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