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SpaceIL was originally one of the contenders in the abortive Google Lunar XPrize competition, but has continued work on it's lunar lander despite the competition lapsing last year.

https://www.space.com/43209-first-private-spacecraft-shoots-for-the-moon.html

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Art depicting SpaceIL's Beresheet Lander on the moon.

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/22/israel-joins-rush-moon-first-lunar-lander-launched-elon-musks/
 

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Flyaway said:
February 22, 2019
RELEASE 19-012

NASA Administrator Statement on Israeli Moon Mission
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Thursday’s launch of Israel’s first mission beyond Earth’s orbit. SpaceIL’s lander blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and now is on its way to becoming the first commercial lander to reach the Moon’s surface.

“Congratulations to SpaceIL and the Israel Space Agency. This is a historic step for all nations and commercial space as we look to extend our collaborations beyond low-Earth orbit and on to the Moon.

“In July, I was in Israel and was very impressed with their commitment to expanding their role in the world’s space community. As we better understand Israel’s capabilities and the innovative work of their private industry, we know they’ll be an even stronger international partner in the future, one vital to the success of extending commercial space to the Moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond. There are terrific opportunities awaiting Israel and all of us in advancing the space frontier.”

Learn more about this mission, and NASA’s role in it, at:

https://go.nasa.gov/2GWotTY

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The complex mission profile of Beresheet on its journey from the Earth to the Moon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R4zk448oPs
 

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https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-spacecraft-Beresheet-takes-first-selfie-in-space-582512
http://www.moondaily.com/reports/Israels_first_spacecraft_to_moon_sends_selfie_999.html
 

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XPRIZE to award $1 Million Moonshot Award to SpaceIL team for them to continue their work and pursue Beresheet 2.0. Space is hard!!!
@xprize

@TeamSpaceIL
https://twitter.com/PeterDiamandis/status/1116429177778049024

Space is hard as they say.

Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt

The robotic Beresheet spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), aimed to become the first Israeli craft, and the first privately funded mission, ever to land softly on the moon. But the little robot couldn't quite make it, crashing into the gray dirt around 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). Mission control lost communications with the spacecraft when it was about 489 feet (149 meters) above the moon's surface.

"We had a failure in the spacecraft; we unfortunately have not managed to land successfully," Opher Doron, the general manager of IAI, said during a live broadcast from mission control. "It's a tremendous achievement up 'til now."

"If at first you don't succeed, you try again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who watched Beresheet's landing attempt from SpaceIL's control center in Yehud, Israel.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SFQByx-F4U
 

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There could be thousands of tiny, almost indestructible creatures living on the Moon right now.

When Israel's private lunar lander Beresheet crashed onto the lunar surface, it was carrying a box full of tardigrades—microscopic creatures that are the only known living thing capable of surviving the extreme vacuum of outer space.

And Nova Spivack, founder of the Arch Mission Foundation, who paid to have the tardigrades on the spacecraft, has now told Wired magazine that he believes they survived.
 
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