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Private Moon mission may have crashed but Israelis still upbeat

Although Israel failed in its attempt to land a spacecraft on the Moon, the mission was considered a tremendous achievement in the country and a step forward for space travel.

The Beresheet (Genesis in Hebrew) robotic lander was the first built by a private organisation to orbit the Moon and if it had landed safely, would have been the first by a private organisation to achieve the feat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Private Moon mission may have crashed but Israelis still upbeat'. Print Edition | Subscribe