Why did it take weeks to get to the Moon?
The Beresheet spacecraft smashed into the moon's surface on Thursday after a critical engine failure.
The Israel moon mission may not have been a complete success, but it did manage to send back a great selfie before the lander crashed.
The small robotic spacecraft, built by the non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, had expected to coincide with a feat that has only been attained by the national space agencies of 3 states: U.S., Russian Federation and China.
The Israeli spacecraft - called Beresheet - attempted a soft touch down, but suffered technical problems on its descent to the Moon's surface.
The Israeli mission came amid renewed global interest in the moon, 50 years after American astronauts first walked on its surface.
Beresheet project engineers worked to understand what had gone wrong in the final, fatal seconds before the spacecraft crashed.
Even though SpaceIL's first attempt at a moon landing was a failure, the firm is announcing they will be trying again. Israel had hoped to land as the fourth Nation after the great powers Russian Federation, the US and China on the moon. As did the silver lining outlooks.
SpaceIL got its beginning from the Google Lunar X Prize Competition, which guaranteed $20 million for the privately funded robotic spacecraft to make it.
Planning for Israel's second lunar spacecraft is already underway. The accident occurred during its descent over Mare Serenitatis, on the northern hemisphere of the moon. It also had a time capsule that included a Bible, Israeli cultural symbols and a picture of famed Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who died in the crash of the USA space shuttle Columbia in 2003.
"It's a big achievement for a small country like Israel to reach the moon".
India hopes to become the next lunar country in the spring with its Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Still, the spacecraft achieved some milestones.
The Israeli SpaceIL wanted to create a prototype for future commercial moon landings.
Beresheet made the final cut, but after several deadline extensions, the competition ended a year ago without a victor.
And that message has resonated.
NASA, which partnered with SpaceIL on key aspects of the mission also offered inspirational words.