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South Korea’s first spacecraft to the moon launched

South Korea launches lunar orbiter. Lunar satellite launched by SpaceX.

Where: South Korea

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On Thursday, South Korea joined the race to the moon with the launch of a lunar orbiter that will scout out future landing spots.
The satellite was launched by SpaceX and is taking a long, roundabout path to conserve fuel and will arrive in December.
If successful, S. Korea will join spacecraft from the US and India already operating around the moon, and a Chinese rover exploring the moon’s far side.
India, Russia, and Japan have new moon missions launching later this year or next, as do a slew of private companies.
NASA is also planning the debut of its mega moon rocket in late August.

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