Moon Vows to Launch Lunar Landing Module by 2030

  • By Kim Ah-jin

    March 26, 2021 13:10

    Korea is set to launch its first lunar orbiter next year with the goal of landing on the moon with its own rocket by 2030.

    President Moon Jae-in made the remarks at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province on Thursday, where he watched the combustion test for the first-stage engine of the homegrown rocket, named Nuri.

    He pledged to push ahead with a space exploration project after the successful development of the homegrown rocket. "We'll also work out a plan to explore asteroid Apophis that will fly by Earth in 2029 after assessing its feasibility," he added.

    President Moon Jae-in speaks to researchers at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province on Thursday. /Newsis

    The Nuri's first launch is scheduled for October this year. The rocket is capable of sending a 1.5-ton satellite designed for practical use into a low Earth orbit at an altitude of 600-800 km. The three-stage space rocket will be developed with homegrown technology.

    The successful combustion test means the "de facto completion" of the Nuri rocket development, Cheong Wa Dae said.

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