According to a reporter in Seoul, on December 28, the Korean Ministry of Science and Information Technology (MSIT) said that the unmanned spacecraft intended to probe the moon Danuri developed by that country had successfully entered the orbit of the Moon earlier than expected.
Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korean Danuri probe launched into space
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea’s Danuri probe was launched from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida, the United States, on August 5, 2022. (Photo: Yonhap/TTXVN).
The Danuri spacecraft stabilized against the Moon’s gravitational impact and began orbiting the planet on December 27. This is the result after 3 activations of the lunar orbit process since the first activation carried out on December 17. According to the plan, Danuri will enter lunar orbit on December 29 after completing a total of 5 activation procedures to enter the target orbits, during which this craft will have to sharply reduce its speed and movements depending on the trajectory of the target.
Danuri marks Korea’s first space mission beyond Earth’s orbit. The spacecraft’s mission is to measure the terrain, magnetic field strength, gamma rays and other features of the Moon’s surface using six onboard instruments during a year-long mission , starting in January 2023. In addition, the spacecraft will also identify potential landing sites for future lunar missions.
Danuri Ship was launched with a SpaceX (United States) Falcon 9 booster on August 4 from the Cape Canaveral launch site, Florida (United States). To date, the ship has covered a total distance of 5.94 million kilometers.
So far, only six countries and regions, including the United States, China, Japan, India, the European Union (EU) and the former Soviet Union, have a lander or an orbital exploration spacecraft. With success achieved ahead of schedule, Korea became the 7th country to place a spacecraft in lunar orbit.
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According to a reporter in Seoul, on December 28, the Korean Ministry of Science and Information Technology (MSIT) said that the unmanned spacecraft intended to explore the moon Danuri operated by South Korea…