Korea's 1st Lunar Orbiter Named 'Danuri'

  • By Lee Young-wan

    May 24, 2022 13:03

    Korea's first lunar orbiter that will be launched from the U.S. in August has been named "Danuri."

    The name is a combination of Korean words "dal" ("moon") and "nuri" ("to enjoy"). The Ministry of Science and ICT said it "represents the hope that Korea's first lunar probe mission will be enjoyable and successful."

    An artist's impression of Korea's first lunar orbiter "Danuri" /Courtesy of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute

    The naming competition was won by Ha Tae-hyun, a doctoral student at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, who was given his reward on Monday. Ha will be also given a chance to watch the launch in the U.S.

    The orbiter will be carried by a Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk's company SpaceX.

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