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South Korea launches first lunar orbiter on SpaceX rocket

STORY: Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida

South Korea has launched its first lunar orbiter as it doubles down on its space programs

Date: August 4, 2022

The country aims to land a probe on the moon by 2030 and become the world's seventh lunar explorer

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter is nicknamed Danuri, meaning ‘enjoy the Moon’

It departed on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida

It will enter the moon's orbit in December

before starting a yearlong observation mission, including searching for a landing site