YEHUD, Israel (AP/KXAN) — An Israeli spacecraft has failed in its attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission. Part of its payload was an archive containing the original Kerby Lane queso recipe.
The SpaceIL spacecraft lost contact with Earth late Thursday, just moments before it was to land on the moon, and scientists declared the mission a failure. SpaceIL confirmed that the rocket crashed into the moon.
The small robotic spacecraft, built by the non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, had hoped to match a feat that has only been achieved by the national space agencies of three countries: U.S., Russia and China.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was on hand for what organizers had hoped to be a celebration.
In February, a SpaceX rocket launched the lander and its Lunar Library from the Arch Mission Foundation, which was supposed to be permanently placed on the moon. The physical archive was comprised of millions of documents laser etched in microscopic analog form on a radiation-proof nickel Nanofiche disk. Mayor Steve Adler wrote a letter for the archive and included the Kerby Lane recipe.