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South Korea launches first-ever spacecraft to the moon

South Korea joined the stampede to the moon on August 4 with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December.

August 05, 2022 / 12:14 PM IST
South Korea joined the stampede to the moon on August 4 with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December. (Image: AP)
South Korea joined the stampede to the moon on August 4 with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots. The satellite launched by SpaceX is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December. (Image: AP)
If successful, it will join spacecraft from the U.S. and India already operating around the moon, and a Chinese rover exploring the moon’s far side. (Image: AP)
If successful, it will join spacecraft from the U.S. and India already operating around the moon, and a Chinese rover exploring the moon’s far side. (Image: AP)
South Korea’s $180 million mission - the country’s first step in lunar exploration - features a boxy, solar-powered satellite designed to skim just 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the lunar surface. (Image: AP)
South Korea’s $180 million mission - the country’s first step in lunar exploration - features a boxy, solar-powered satellite designed to skim just 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the lunar surface. (Image: AP)
Scientists expect to collect geologic and other data for at least a year from this low polar orbit. It is South Korea’s second shot at space in six weeks. (Image: AP)
Scientists expect to collect geologic and other data for at least a year from this low polar orbit. It is South Korea’s second shot at space in six weeks. (Image: AP)
Danuri - Korean for “enjoy the moon" - is carrying six science instruments, including a camera for NASA. It's designed to peer into the permanently shadowed, ice-filled craters at the lunar poles. (Image: AP)
Danuri - Korean for “enjoy the moon" - is carrying six science instruments, including a camera for NASA. It's designed to peer into the permanently shadowed, ice-filled craters at the lunar poles. (Image: AP)
NASA favors the lunar South Pole for future astronaut outposts because of evidence of frozen water. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying Danuri took off from Cape Canaveral close to sunset. (Image: AP)
NASA favors the lunar South Pole for future astronaut outposts because of evidence of frozen water. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying Danuri took off from Cape Canaveral close to sunset. (Image: AP)
The first-stage booster - making its sixth flight - landed on an ocean platform several minutes later for further recycling. It was the third spaceshot of the day from the U.S. (Image: AP)
The first-stage booster - making its sixth flight - landed on an ocean platform several minutes later for further recycling. It was the third spaceshot of the day from the U.S. (Image: AP)
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first published: Aug 5, 2022 12:14 pm
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