In 2019, Israel had very littleto become the fourth country to successfully deliver a private robotic station to the surface of the moon. Unfortunately, due to a number of problems that have arisen, the SpaceL unit from SpaceIL fell on the surface of the Earth satellite and crashed. Recently, the interplanetary station Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter managed to photograph the crash site of the vehicle - judging by the picture, due to the strong impact of its fragments scattered in different directions, and on the Moon formed a noticeable crater.
The picture was taken on April 22 with a 100-meterheights, but published just now. To demonstrate the changes that occurred after the crash, NASA showed a photo three years ago of the same area of the Moon. As can be seen, on the so-called Tranquility Sea after the fall of the object a bright spot with a dark crater in the middle, and rays up to a hundred meters long, formed. Probably, the crater arose with the destruction of the apparatus, and the rays - from scattered fragments.
Judging by the left "tail", the lunar apparatushit the surface at an angle of about 10 degrees. It was the smallest landing module in history, and carried six color cameras with 8-megapixel resolution, a magnetometer and corner reflectors. Also, the module was equipped with a retroreflective laser array that could well survive the crash - what it is, and what it is for, can be read in our material.
Although the "Bereshit" and did not survive the landing, he stillbecame the first private device, successfully entered the circumlunar orbit. It was created to participate in the Google Lunar XPRIZE contest, but could not get a cash prize from either the search giant or the X Prize Foundation.
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