Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has crash-landed on the moon.

The support team said its planned controlled, or “soft”, landing was unsuccessful.

The SpaceIL spacecraft experienced a series of technical failures during its final descent on Thursday, shattering hopes of a historic controlled landing on the lunar surface.

It suffered periodic engine and communications failures during the 21-minute landing sequence and lost contact with Earth before scientists declared the mission a failure.

An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon its landing on the moon
Image:An image taken by Israel spacecraft, Beresheet, upon its landing on the moon

“We definitely crashed on surface of moon,” said Opher Doron, general manager of the space division of Israel Aerospace Industries.

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