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Which country successfully launched first Moon mission "Danuri"?
South Korea
North Korea

Correct Answer : Option (C) - South Korea

South Korea’s first lunar mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7.08 p.m. local time 5th Aug 2022, and is now on its way to the Moon. The successful launch of Danuri, officially known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, takes the country beyond Earth’s orbit for the first time.
The launch was “spectacular”, says Mark Robinson, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University in Tempe, who is the principal investigator for one of Danuri’s instruments, called ShadowCam.
Danuri should arrive at its destination around mid-December. Its trajectory means it will take longer than most past missions to the Moon, which typically arrived in days, but will require minimal fuel.
About an hour after lift-off, the spacecraft detached from the Falcon 9 rocket on which it launched. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s control centre in Daejeon then took command and made contact with the spacecraft.
South Korean moon mission- Danuri is worth USD 180 million and is the country’s first step in lunar exploration. Danuri features a boxy, solar-powered satellite that has been designed to slide above 62 miles above the lunar surface..

Source : Nature

Published On : August 5, 2022
Category : Space