Beresheet human error “led to the failure of the nearly $100 million lunar mission”

GEEK WIRE
Beresheet bummer: Investigation of Israeli lunar lander’s crash points to human factor
by Alan Boyle
April 17, 2019

A manually entered command apparently set off a chain reaction of events that led to last week’s crash of an Israeli-built lunar lander during its attempt to touch down on the moon, the mission’s managers said today. Preliminary results of an investigation into the crash indicate that the manual command was entered into the spacecraft’s computer, which caused the main engine to switch off and stay off during the Beresheet lander’s descent. The Jerusalem Post reported that problems started with a malfunction in an inertial measurement unit that kept track of the spacecraft’s orientation and motion. READ MORE

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