JERUSALEM - Israel 's Beresheet moon lander crashed while attempting to land at moon.
It has failed in its attempt to land on the moon. An initial story will be posted shortly.
To date, three countries have landed on the moon. Today, that number may become four.
Israel launched its first lunar mission, a spacecraft called *Beresheet* link, on Feb. 21, riding piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It spent *six weeks* link orbiting Earth in leisurely, ever-widening circles before slipping into orbit around the moon on April 4.
It remained there for a week, preparing for the defining moment of the mission: attempting to touch down softly on the moon's surface.