S. Korea’s first lunar orbiter successfully reaches ballistic lunar transfer trajectory

The ballistic lunar transfer trajectory, which will lead it toward the moon, was successfully attained by South Korea's first lunar orbiter

Danuri, after its Friday morning launch into space, according to the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The ministry reported that the Korea Aerospace Research Institute's ground control station verified that Danuri successfully disengaged from the projectile

Danuri successfully disengaged from the projectile and arrived at the intended ballistic lunar transfer orbit.

At about 8:48 a.m., Danuri disengaged from the SpaceX Falcon rocket after it ascended to a height of about 703 kilometres.

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter made its first contact with the Deep Space Network antenna of the US NASA in Canberra, Australia, at 9:40 a.m., or roughly 90 minutes after launch.

According to KARI, Danuri is functioning normally, with its solar panels starting to generate electricity

the electronics, including on-board computers, are communicating without any issues, and the temperature of all devices is within the normal range.

Danuri will be moving toward a gravitationally stable place to reduce fuel use.

On September 2, Danuri will arrive at that location and utilise its thruster to change its course.

It is anticipated that the trip to the moon will take 4 1/2 months

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