Dec 17, 2022

South Korea’s 1st moon probe Danuri begins to enter lunar orbit

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Danuri, South Korea’s first deep-space exploration mission, is finally arriving at the moon after a four-month voyage.

The Danuri spacecraft was expected to begin entering lunar orbit at on Friday (Dec. 17) at 2:45 p.m. EST (1945 GMT, 2:45 a.m. Dec. 17 in South Korea), according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The maneuver, the first of five planned engine burns through Dec. 28 to refine Danuri’s orbit around the moon, will clear the way for the probe to get started on its lunar science objectives.

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