Israel to the Moon – level 3

22-04-2019 15:00

In February, Israeli organisation SpaceIL sent a spacecraft named Beresheet to the moon on a SpaceX rocket. It cost $100 million for the project, which was a fraction of NASA’s billions of dollars for its budget to go to the moon.

The spacecraft successfully orbited the moon, but it could not successfully land. As the spacecraft descended to the moon, its main engine cut out. The team controlling the spacecraft started the engine again, but then they could not communicate with it.

Israel’s Prime Minister said that ‘if at first you don’t succeed, you try again’.

Only the USA, China, and the former Soviet Union have successfully landed spacecraft on the moon.

Difficult words: orbit (go around something in a circular shape), descend (go down), cut out (turn off suddenly).

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