Breathtaking views of the Earth and Moon discovered by the Danuri Lunar Orbiter

(ORDO NEWS) — South Korea’s first-ever lunar orbiter, Danuri, has sent black-and-white photographs of the surface of the Moon and the Earth.

Danuri – a combination of Korean words meaning “moon” and “enjoy” – was launched by a SpaceX rocket from the US in August 2022 and entered lunar orbit last month.

Its images, taken between December 24 and January 1, show the surface of the Moon and Earth and were taken from less than 120 kilometers (75 miles) above the Moon, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said in a statement.

Images and videos will be “used to select potential venues”. to land on the moon in 2032,” he added.

Earth through the eyes of the Danuri orbiter. (KARI)
Danuri revolves around the moon every two hours, the center said.

The orbiter will begin its science mission next month, which includes mapping and analyzing lunar terrain, as well as measuring the strength of the magnetic field and gamma radiation.

It will also test experimental “space internet” technology by transmitting photos and videos to Earth.

President Yoon Seok-yeol hailed Danuri’s achievement initiative as a “historic moment” in the country’s space program.

South Korea has laid out ambitious plans for space, including landing spacecraft on the Moon by 2032 and Mars by 2045.


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