2019-04-11, 07:57 PM (ISO 8601)
Barbarian in the Playground
Israeli Moon Landing... aaaaand it's gone
Israel tried this morning to be the fourth country in history to land on the moon, and the first with a privately funded moon lander.... but the lander glitched out during the landing phase, and is believed lost.
Initial reports are pretty confused. Some reports say a problem with the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit -- a super-sensitive accelerometer, basically, which lets the craft figure out where it is & where it's going); some reports say a problem with the main engine. There was also a telemetry glitch which might indicate a computer problem. But regardless, it's pretty clear it failed to finish the landing burn and came in far too fast to survive.
Space is hard