South Korea’s first lunar probe Danuri begins to enter lunar orbit

Danori, South Korea’s first deep space exploration mission, has finally reached the moon after a four-month journey.

the Danori The spacecraft is expected to begin entering lunar orbit on Friday (Dec. 17) at 2:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT, 2:45 a.m. Dec. 17 in South Korea), according to a statement. (Opens in a new tab) From the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). This maneuver, the first of five planned engines burning through Dec. 28 to improve Danuri’s lunar orbit, will clear the way for the probe to begin its lunar science goals.

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