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Lunar lander crashes into moon. Did an archive of earth books survive?


A team of experts is trying to ascertain whether a special collection of digitized books sent into space on a disc archive is intact after an unmanned moon landing went off course last week. Israel company SpaceIL was attempting to become the first private company to successfully touch down on the moon, but its Beresheet spacecraft lost power on descent and crashed into the surface. A finalist for Google's Lunar Xprize, SpaceIL helped Israel become just the fourth country to put an object on the moon, after the U.S., the former Soviet Union, and China. The mission carried a price tag of $100M, relative pennies compared to previous lander attempts. Deep space mine: Luxembourg's robot experts have their sights on asteroid mining The tiny European state of Luxembourg has bold ambitions when it comes to its place in future asteroid-mining operations.