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Why were blood and hair follicles from 25 people put on the Moon?

The Wired.com article A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon says: Spivack had planned to send DNA samples to the moon in future versions of the lunar library, not on this ...
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Lunar contamination by tardigrades [duplicate]

According to this tweet the recent crash of Beresheet on the Moon could have spread tardigrades on the Moon surface. Isn't this a violation of the agreement on preventing contamination of outer ...
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Could Beresheet's retroreflector array (still) be used?

Almost the same question as Could Schiaparelli's retroreflector array (still) be used? except for Beresheet. Some important differences in this case: Beresheet was far less "crashed" than ...
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Do we know why communications with Beresheet and NASA were lost during the attempted landing of the Moon lander?

I was watching the livestream of the SpaceIL team when they were attempting to land Beresheet on the Moon. As near as I can remember, at around an altitude of 15km above the surface, the SpaceIL ...
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ELI5: Why do they say that Israel would have been the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the Moon and why do they call it low cost?

In the news they say that Israel hoped to become the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the Moon. Only government space agencies from the former Soviet Union, the US and China have made ...
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Is post-X-prize Beresheet better than the X-prize candidate?

As mentioned in this question the total budget of the Lunar X-prize was about US \$30 million, and that included some other prizes beside the winner. However the budget of Beresheet post-X-prize ...
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Why is Beresheet doing a only a one-way trip?

Why is the SpaceIL Lunar Lander doing a one-way trip? Is that a common project to do nowadays, to send landers to Mars and the Moon without returning them?
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Why don't SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft and Moon orbits line up?

The question Tracking SpaceIL Beresheet Moon lander links to some data files that are from the site: http://live.spaceil.com (also linked here): Raw data: http://live.spaceil.com/data/data_s1....
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Tracking SpaceIL Beresheet Moon lander

Does anybody know if Beresheet orbital data are available on NASA Horizons? Some bodies are listed by reference number, with no name: https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons_batch.cgi?batch=1&...
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How SpaceIL Beresheet gets to Moon from GTO?

GTO is an orbit which has its main axis in the plane of Earth's equator. Moon orbit has a different plane. This means until GTO main axis isn't on the intersection of equator and Moon orbit, you can't ...