The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) will study the moon up close for a year.

South Korea is ready to launch its 1st moon mission

The launch of South Korea’s first moon mission is just a week away.

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, or KPLO for short, is scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket next Tuesday (Aug. 2). The mission is viewed as the first step in South Korea’s ambitious deep-space agenda, which also includes a robotic landing onto the moon by 2030 and an asteroid sample-return mission.

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