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South Korea's first lunar mission, Danuri, is launched by SpaceX.

Safalta Expert Published by: Aryan Rana Updated Sat, 06 Aug 2022 11:25 PM IST


Danuri is South Korea's first lunar mission. Danuri is a play on the Korean terms for "moon" and "enjoy," and was formerly known as Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). Danuri's objective is to evaluate S Korea's lunar spacecraft engineering.

Launch of South Korea's first lunar mission, also known as its first mission outside of low Earth orbit. The mission's new name, Danuri, is a play on the Korean terms for "moon" and "enjoy," and was formerly known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). The Korean Aerospace Research Institute oversees the mission (KARI). Danuri's objective is to evaluate South Korea's lunar spacecraft engineering. If you are preparing for competitive exams and looking for expert guidance, you can download our General Knowledge Free Ebook Download Now.

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Major Points

  • Danuri was launched using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
  • The Danuri spacecraft is currently travelling around the moon.
  • It will fly toward the sun before turning around and returning to its original location, arriving in the lunar orbit in mid-December.
  • This technique, which requires a gravitational boost from the sun and is also known as a lunar ballistic transfer, is typically considered lengthier.
  • Danuri will conduct research using its six science instruments once it has landed on the moon and is in its 62-mile-high orbit.
  • The six Danuri Science Instruments are a gamma-ray spectrometer, three cameras, an experimental communications system, and a magnetometer.
  • One of the three cameras was created by NASA and is sensitive enough to look inside the water-ice-filled crates that are permanently under the shadow on the moon.
  • If South Korea completes this lunar mission successfully, it will join the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, Japan, India, Luxembourg, and the European Union as the eighth political body to complete a moon mission.

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