February 17, 2015 13:16
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology on Monday unveiled an unmanned rover that can search for rare minerals and metals on the moon's surface.
The rover will be sent to the moon on a Korean-made rocket in 2020 to conduct a mission similar to NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
The rover is 50 cm wide, 70 cm long and 25 cm high, and weighs 20 kg, much lighter than China's 120 kg Jade Rabbit rover sent to the moon in 2013.
It is much smaller and lighter due to the freight weight limit of the home-grown rocket that will carry the rover. Researchers say they developed a rover with a completely new design.
The project involves six government research institutes and is expected to cost W7.6 billion (US$1=W1,102).
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