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South Korea’s lunar orbiter has successfully launched to the Moon

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South Korea's lunar, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying South Korea's first Moon mission.

South Korea’s lunar, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying South Korea’s first Moon mission. 온라인카지노

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, now officially known as Danuri.

The $180 million mission is a test run for a future mission that will include an orbiter, lander, and rover.

Liftoff occurred at 7:08 p.m. EDT / 11:08 p.m. UT. The Falcon 9 first stage booster returned to Earth for future use, landing on a drone ship off the coast of Florida.

The upper-stage separation and spacecraft deployment went off without a hitch, and mission controllers report that Danuri is in good health.

The mission entered a preliminary 29° inclination orbit at an altitude of 155 miles (250 kilometers) until a second burn placed the spacecraft in a lunar transfer orbit.

The launch is the second lunar mission of the year to leave Earth, following Rocket Lab’s Capstone CubeSat launch last month.

Danuri is a portmanteau of the Korean words dal and nurida, which collectively mean “enjoy the Moon.” The mission will scout the lunar surface for minerals and elements such as aluminum, helium-3, and surface water ice.

The solar-powered spacecraft carries six instruments, one from NASA and five from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), to accomplish this:

The Wide-Angle Polarimetric Camera (PolCam) will image and analyze the lunar regolith in polarized light.

Though Earth-observing satellites have long used this technique, this is the first time a polarized-light imager has flown to the Moon.

Bill Farrand (Space Science Institute) plans to use PolCam to investigate the nature of pyroclastic deposits, which formed early in the Moon’s history during explosive volcanic activity.

The KPLO Magnetometer is equipped with three sensors that will characterize magnetic field lines frozen in lunar rocks. 카지노사이트

The Lunar Terrain Imager will capture detailed images of future landing sites, resolving features as small as 16.5 feet (5 meters).

The Delay-Tolerant Networking experiment will test a kind of “interplanetary internet”

by addressing technical issues that arise in a communications network that lacks continuous connectivity.

The Gamma Ray Spectrometer is a gamma-ray spectrometer that works in the 10 keV to 10 MeV range to probe the Moon’s surface in search of key chemicals and elements.

ShadowCam, NASA’s sole instrument, will look for lunar water ice in permanently shadowed areas of the Moon.

Shadow Cam is 800 times more sensitive than the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s comparable camera.

KARI operates KPLO and built the spacecraft in collaboration with NASA and other institutions in the United States.

Danuri will also be tracked by the newly installed Korea Deep Space Antenna in Yeoju,

South Korea, in addition to the global coverage provided by NASA’s Deep Space Network.

Since 2016, KARI and NASA have collaborated on the mission.

From the start of (the) KPLO mission, KARI and NASA talked and discussed extensively

To find a cooperative way for the two space agencies, Eunhyeuk Kim explains (KARI).


KPLO will now travel to the Moon in a slow, looping Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT) orbit. “[The spacecraft] will enter a ‘low-energy transfer orbit’ or ‘weak stability boundary orbit

Sungsoo Kim explains (KARI). This trajectory will take it to the L1 Lagrange point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth

The sunward direction, before entering a capture orbit around the Moon on December 16th.

It will enter a 100 km circular orbit on December 31st. NASA’s recently launched Capstone mission is traveling to the Moon in a similar low-energy mode.

Danuri will begin science operations in early 2023 for one year. If the mission succeeds

An extended science phase could place it in an elliptical orbit just 20 kilometers above the lunar surface, according to Kim. 카지노 블로그

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