Israel plans new moonshot after maiden mission fails

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The aerospace company behind Israel’s failed first moonshot said on Saturday it would pursue a second mission with funds raised from private donors and the public. The robot craft Beresheet, built by non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), crashed on its final descent on Thursday, dashing Israel’s hope of becoming…

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX sends world’s most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

(Reuters) – The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts. The 23-story-tall Heavy, which previously launched Musk’s cherry red Tesla roadster to space…

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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reaches moon but landing unsuccessful: support team

YEHUD, Israel (Reuters) – The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reached the moon on Thursday but its planned controlled, or “soft”, landing was unsuccessful, the support team said. The spacecraft had a number of technical problems during its final descent to the lunar surface, the team said. Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Kevin LiffeyOur Standards:The Thomson…

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