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South Korea launches its first mission to the Moon with Danuri | Digital Trends Spanish


South Korea opened its space race to Moon with the successful launch of the KPLO spacecraft (Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, also called Danuri) and that has been released in a Falcon 9 which had already been released five times previously.

Deployment of KPLO confirmed pic.twitter.com/ctco6Qsmdi

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) August 4, 2022

The Koreans become the eighth country in the world to send an exploratory ship to the Moon.

The KPLO probe will take time to reach its destination: to carry out this trip in the most efficient way, a lunar ballistic trajectory has been used that will mean that after several months Danuri will reach the appropriate position to enter lunar orbit in December 2022.

KPLO’s goal is to map the Moon with multiple cameras and explore a potential location for a future mission to reach the surface of our satellite. The probe even includes an instrument called ShadowCam, which has been provided by NASA and could be crucial in determining how much water ice lurks in the lunar shadows.

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