NASA has captured an image of the crash site of the Beresheet spacecraft
The spacecraft crashed on the surface of the moon. It would have been one of the world’s first private moon landers to have effectively completed its mission.
A few days ago, a spacecraft crashed just before it could land on the Moon. It was the Beresheet spacecraft sent to the Moon by Israel. But, it couldn't make the journey successfully. With a tagline like, 'small country big dream', the spacecraft crashed and burned before it completed its mission.
ASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured an image of the Beresheet’s impact site. The moon lander crashed in the area called the Sea of Serenity. It was launched by a non-profit organization, SpaceIL, on April 11th, 2019.
The image shows a white impact halo on the moon's surface that has been created because of the effect of the Moon’s gravity. NASA also says that the halo could have been created because of the smudge expelled from the gas associated with the impact.
It might also have created because of the outward blowing of the fine soil particles during Beresheet’s fatal descent. The image has been captured from a height of 56 miles (90 kilometers) above the surface of the moon.
NASA has also compared the images of the region with another image taken before the landing of the Beresheet. The image taken for comparison has been captured on December 16th, 2016.
Even though the lander failed to complete its journey, it’s a massive step for mankind. Failures like the Beresheet will give way to more competent projects. Do you think that we will eventually build some kind of base on the Moon? Let us know in the comments below.