(May 16, 2019 / JNS) NASA released pictures Wednesday of the moon after Israels Beresheet spacecraft crashed on the moon last month.
The cameras captured a dark smudge, about 10 meters wide, that indicates the point of impact, said NASA. The dark tone suggests a surface roughened by the hard landing, which is less reflective than a clean, smooth surface.
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There are many clues that were actually looking at a man-made crater, instead of a meteoroid-caused one, added the agency. This is an important consideration since the moon, having no atmosphere, is constantly bombarded by space rocks that leave craters.
The spacecraft Beresheet, named after the first word and the first book in the Torah (meaning in the beginning),�lifted off�from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 21 and almost completed its 6.5-million-kilometer journey to the lunar surface.
Immediately after the result, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will make another attempt, likely in the next two to three years. SpaceIL chairman�Morris Kahn�said�shortly thereafter that there will be a second attempt.
The SpaceIL effort was assisted by NASA. Only the United States, China, and Russia have landed crafts on the moon, with India working on it.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told JNS earlier this month that the agency will 100 percent be part of Beresheet 2.
We look forward to it, he said.