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WASHINGTON — Israel had pinned its hopes on becoming the fourth country to land softly on the moon, and although the country's team failed on the first try, it still intends to try to claim that coveted title.
The Beresheet mission attempted its landing in April, but a computer glitch late in the process meant the spacecraft didn't slow down properly during its descent. Six months later, a representative of Israel's government-owned aerospace manufacturer gave attendees gathered here for the 70th International Astronautical Congress a recap of what went wrong — and an introduction to what Israel hopes to do next at the moon.
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Beresheet was designed to be as cheap as possible, with the mission price tag coming in around $100 million, Hayun said. "We have little to no redundancy in the systems," he said. "This makes it very cheap, but also very risky."
The mission had to tackle several challenges and anomalies on the way to the moon landing, Hayun said. The long, circuitous path to the moon that allowed a cheaper launch exposed the spacecraft to more radiation. The computer on board the spacecraft reset a few times along the mission, and a reset late in the landing...
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