South Korea’s first lunar mission is starting next weekWhen the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) probe will be launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The launch is initially scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7:08 p.m. (23:08 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Space Base on the east coast of Florida (USA).
If the spacecraft goes to space in the first week of August, KPLO Must reach the chosen class in December, Special website spaceflight.com reported this Sunday.
The weight of KPLO is approximately 678 kg. Will orbit the moon for a year to test and taking images of the Earth’s surface for scientific experimentation and future Moon landings and South Korea’s plans for lunar exploration.
Working on this investigation since 2016
NASA will provide technical and communications support For this first lunar mission of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
One of the instruments on board the KPLO is the so-called ShadowCam, built with funding from the US space agency, that will make it possible to take images inside dark craters near the lunar poles, where previous missions have detected evidence of ice deposits. have put.
South Korea Aerospace Research Institute, which Been working on this investigation since 2016U.S. plans for a robotic Moon landing in the 2030s and has taken steps to join collaborative agreements with NASA’s Artemis program to send humans to the Moon.
The KPLO ship, also known as Danuri in Korean, is located at in Cape Canaverala Further fuel tests have already been carried out since July 6 as it travels around the Earth’s satellite.
four times farther from the moon
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will power the spacecraft a trajectory that will take it closer to the L1 Lagrange pointA gravitationally stable spot, about one million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth’s day, about four times as far from the Moon.
Gravitational forces will naturally pull the spacecraft towards the Moon. With a series of maneuvers with its thrusters, the KPLO will reach a low altitude circular orbit About 100 km from the surface of the moon till December 31.
According to Spaceflight.com, it will be ready to start its experiments by February 2023.