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Thursday, March 23, 2023

South Korean quest to land on Moon, Lunar Orbiter sends stunning pictures of Earth, Moon

News ECG: As the year 2023 approaches, black-and-white images of the Earth and Moon’s surfaces taken by South Korea’s Danuri lunar spacecraft are feeding global excitement. Korean word Danuri, which translates to “Moon” and “Enjoy,” was launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX in August and entered lunar orbit in December 2022.

According to a formal statement by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the photographs from Danuri, taken between December 24 and January 1, show the lunar surface and Earth, captured from less than 120 kilometers over the Moon (KARI).

The statement also stated that the pictures and videos would be “used to choose prospective landing sites on the Moon in 2032.” According to reports, Danuri orbits the Moon every two hours.

The orbiter will begin mapping and analyzing the lunar terrain as well as monitoring the intensity of the lunar surface’s magnetic field the following month. The organization’s scientific mission will include this.

Test for ‘Space Internet’

By sending pictures and movies to Earth, South Korea’s Danuri space mission will also examine experimental “space internet” technology. SpaceX’s Starlink network project, which has been dubbed “space internet,” intends to offer affordable and dependable space-based Internet services to the entire world.

The $180 million orbiter will send images and movies to Earth to gather information for choosing suitable landing locations for South Korea in 2032. Danuri’s accomplishments have been hailed as a “historical moment” in South Korea’s space program by President Yoon Suk-yeol. President Yoon Suk-yeol hailed the achievement as a “historic moment” that “tells the world of the superiority of Korea’s space and science technology and marks a leap to one of the top seven space powers in the world.”

In the final days of 2022, South Korea joined Russia, the United States, Japan, the European Union, China, and India as the seventh nation in the world to explore the moon. Plans for expeditions to space include putting craft on the Moon by 2032 and Mars by 2045, according to South Korea.

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