Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashes on Moon. The Israel Space Agency said Wednesday that NASA had signed a deal with the SpaceIL group to help it launch a unmanned rocket at the moon in the coming months, in Israel’s first-ever moonshot. Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Crashes Attempting Moon Landing Israeli scientists are studying what caused an engine failure in the closing minutes of what they hoped would be a historic lunar landing. April 11th, 2019 at 2:25 PM. If their landing had worked, Israel would have been the latest nation to join this elite club. By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News. SpaceIL will broadcast its moon landing event live as Beresheet aims to make history. Israel's Beresheet, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, has crashed. Watch Israel’s first-ever Moon landing live. By Mike Wehner @MikeWehner. The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reached the moon on Thursday but its planned controlled, or “soft,” landing was unsuccessful, the support team said. Israel's first moon lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon (April 11). A tiny robotic lander from Israel attempted to touch down on the Moon, but ultimately failed to stick the landing during its final descent to the surface. How to watch Israel's Beresheet try for a historic moon landing Thursday.