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If it had succeeded, the robotic lander, called Beresheet, which means”Genesis” or”in the beginning” in Hebrew, could have become the first on the moon constructed by a private organization, and it would have added Israel to only three countries — the United States, the former Soviet Union, and China — to have achieved that feat. Beresheet attained the launchpad and was headed to space aboard a SpaceX rocket in February. It orbited the moon, by a major accomplishment. That has been achieved by five countries — the United States of America and the European Space Agency. But the landing was the most risky part of the mission. The beginning of the automatic landing chain went as planned. The spacecraft even took a picture of itself at an altitude of 13 miles with the moon in the background. Still high over the surface, the engine cut out. “Well we didn’t make it, but we certainly tried,” explained Morris Kahn, an Israeli tech entrepreneur and president of SpaceIL, the nonprofit that undertook the assignment. “And I think the achievement of getting to where we obtained is really enormous. I believe we can be pleased.”