A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday. Photo: AP
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday. Photo: AP
South Korea

South Korea launches its first spacecraft to the moon

  • The Danuri lunar orbiter – launched in Florida by SpaceX – will scout out future landing spots on its US$180 million mission
  • This is South Korea’s second shot at space in 6 weeks, after it sent a package of satellites into orbit around Earth in June using its own rocket

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday. Photo: AP
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO, lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday. Photo: AP
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