It provided the power to get the spacecraft all the way to the Moon, but it also took Beresheet on its final descent. "We're going to put it on the moon and we're going to complete the mission", Kahn said.
Doron said that the spacecraft's engine turned off shortly before landing. He said the spacecraft was in pieces scattered at the planned landing site.
Doron nonetheless called the mission an "amazing success", for reaching the moon and coming so close to landing successfully. Then, China's Change-4 spacecraft touched down on the far-side of the Moon earlier this year.
"If at first you don't succeed, try again". Despite this disappointing incident, the team behind the Beresheet mission will try again, so Israel can be the fourth nation to accomplish a soft touchdown on the moon's surface, Space.com reported.
The failure was a disappointing end to a lunar voyage of 6.5 million kilometers (4 million miles), nearly unprecedented in length and created to conserve fuel and reduce price.
Beresheet was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 22 with a Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk's private US-based SpaceX company.
Around 20 minutes before the scheduled landing, engine firings slowed Beresheet's descent. He stated in a live stream that there was a failure in the craft and they couldn't land it successfully. "We wish Indians better luck with their landing", he added, referring to Chandrayaan II, India's next lunar mission, which is gearing up for a launch this year.
NASA has made its Deep Space Network available to transmit data and has installed a small laser retroreflector aboard the lander to test its potential as a navigation tool. The craft also carried a time capsule that contains digital files of the Bible, children's drawings, Israeli folk songs, the recorded memories of a Holocaust survivor, and the Israeli flag.
The Moonshot Award will be given to SpaceIL at the nonprofit's annual Visioneering Summit in October "with the hope that they will use these funds as seed money towards their education outreach or Beresheet 2.0, a second attempt to fulfill the mission", said XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari. "Never lose hope - your hard work, teamwork, and innovation is inspiring to all!" he wrote on Twitter.
"For the last two months, the lander, dubbed Beresheet, Hebrew for" In the Beginning", traveled around the Earth many times before entering lunar orbit - a first for a privately financed lander.
The contest ended in March 2018 with no victor.
SpaceIL president and high-tech billionaire Morris Kahn announced that a task force for the second mission will convene on Sunday. "This is what I'm doing, and what I wanted to tell you this evening".