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Inserted into lunar orbit on 8 November 2008, Chandrayaan-1 was instrumental in discovering water on the moon, and had a brief tiff with NASA over this.
Beresheet crashed at 1925 GMT Thursday, when the craft’s main engine shut off during the braking procedure before touching down.
Mars Orbiter Mission allowed Indians to see women scientists upfront, dispelling long-held stereotypes of the fuzzy-haired Einsteinian male scientist.
It will launch a rover in October to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyse crust samples for signs of water and helium-3.