February 06, 2018 11:26
The government has slammed the brakes on a plan concocted by the Park Geun-hye administration to send a Korean space ship to the moon by 2020.
Plans for the first and second launches of a Korean-made space rocket were also postponed by more than a year to February and October of 2021, the Ministry of Science and ICT said Monday.
The government now plans to send a space ship to the moon by 2030 and launch a rocket carrying a space vehicle to and from an asteroid by 2035.
The Park administration came up with the moon-expedition plan in 2013.
The original idea was the brainchild of the Roh Moon-hyun administration back in 2007. The idea was to send a Korean-made lunar-exploration module by 2025. Park pledged during her presidential election campaign to push the goal forward by five years.
"It's wrong to revise the space plans whenever a new government comes into office. They need to be pursued in the long-term perspective," one scientist said.
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