South Korea's Lunar Orbiter Danuri Enters the Orbit of Moon

- 28 December 2022 20:32 WIB
Illustration: International Space Station (Pixabay/WikiImages)
Illustration: International Space Station (Pixabay/WikiImages)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – South Korea's unmanned space vehicle Danuri has successfully entered the orbit of the moon earlier than planned.

This South Korea's first space mission beyond Earth's orbit was launched in August 2022 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in the U.S. state of Florida.

According to Yonhap, the science ministry said Wednesday, that Danuri, was captured by the moon's gravity on Tuesday and began rotation, according to the Ministry of Science and ICT.

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Danuri which is also known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter was achieved after three rounds of lunar orbit insertion (LOI) maneuvers since the first one held on Dec. 17.

Danuri was scheduled to achieve the lunar orbit on Thursday after performing a total of five rounds of LOI maneuvers, the adjustment process for a space vehicle to lower its speed and commit itself to the gravity of the moon.

This space vehicle will measure terrain, magnetic strengths, gamma rays, and other traits of the lunar surface using six onboard instruments during its yearlong mission starting in January.

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The orbiter will also identify potential landing sites for future lunar missions.


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Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya


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