It launched into space in February and circled the earth several times before being slingshotted away. It traveled a total of four million miles and finally reached the moon, but not in the way Israeli scientists hoped it would. Their unmanned privately funded spacecraft was supposed to make a soft controlled landing there, but communication was lost when it was about 500 feet away from the moon's surface. And it was traveling toward it at 310 miles per hour. So, well, boom. If it had been successful, this would have been the first time a private organization made a controlled landing with the smallest budget. Still, the team and their nation's leader have suggested this isn't the end.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There were high hopes and high drama and in the end high disappointment for the people behind this ambitious privately funded $100 million project. From the beginning, it was the case of the little guy shooting for the moon or more precisely a soft landing on the moon. And they nearly made it with their spacecraft Beresheet which means genesis. There was a crowd that included the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watching on.
But the team lost contact with the spacecraft in the last moments before the planned touchdown — apparently engine problems. And then the descent became uncontrollable and it crashed. In a moment of classic understatement, one of the project managers saying, I'm sorry to say but our spacecraft did not make it in one piece to the moon. If they had, Israel would have been just the fourth country to soft land on the moon after the old Soviet Union, the U.S. and China. Still though, a major achievement for an upstart group that began eight years ago as part of a Google competition.
They didn't make the deadline for that competition but decided to keep going with private funding and a lot of good old chutzpah. And they came oh so close to success. Still became only the seventh country to get to the moon if not successfully land on it. A lot of pride in Israel in this project. Plenty of people watching live including schoolkids at the president's home. And those behind the project not letting the less than soft landing put them off. For its part SpaceIL says quote, "Don't stop believing. We will continue to work hard." And then the Prime Minister Netanyahu saying quote, " We will try again. Next time it will be better." A sign perhaps of government involvement going forward quote, "I'm seriously considering investing now in the space program." Michael Holmes, CNN, Jerusalem.
CNN记者迈克尔·霍姆斯：这项雄心勃勃的私人赞助计划总投入1亿美元，该项目被寄予厚望，过程充满戏剧性，而最后令参与者大失所望 。一开始，航天器飞向月球，或者更准确地说，航天器计划在月球进行较着陆 。“创世纪”号航天器几乎成功完成了这项任务 。当时，包括以色列总理本杰明·内塔尼亚胡在内，许多人都在观看 。
但是就在按计划登陆前的最后时刻，该团队失去了与航天器的联系，显然这是因为发动机出现了故障 。然后，航天器不受控制地下坠，最后坠毁 。据一名项目经理的保守说法，“很抱歉这么说，但是我们的航天器没能完整地飞向月球 。”如果成功，以色列会成为继前苏联、美国和中国之后，第四个实现月球软着陆的国家 。不过，对一个8年前起源于谷歌竞赛的新晋组织来说，这依然是一项重大成就 。
他们没有为这一竞赛设置最后期限，而是决定继续提供私人赞助和大量勇气 。他们离成功只有一步之遥 。即使没有成功登陆月球，但这也让以色列成为第七个将探测器送入月球轨道的国家 。以色列国内对这个项目颇为自豪 。许多人观看了直播，一些学生是在总统府看的直播 。而且项目参与者没有因未成功的软着陆而气馁 。SpaceIL组织表示，“不要停止相信 。我们将继续努力工作 。”随后，以色列总理内塔尼亚胡表示，“我们会再次尝试 。下一次会更好 。”而他接下来所说的则暗示政府可能会参与这个项目，他说“我正在认真考虑投资太空项目 。”CNN新闻，迈克尔·霍姆斯耶路撒冷报道 。
1. was/were supposed to do sth. 本应该(发生而没有发生)；
He has been sold down the river by the people who were supposed to protect him.
2. in the end 最后；终于；
In the end it was his stomach and lungs that packed up.
3. lose contact with 与…失去联系；与…断了联系；
Though they all live nearby, I lost contact with them really quickly.
4. put off 使反感；使对…失去兴趣；
The high divorce figures don't seem to be putting people off marriage.