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South Korea plans to send a robot to the moon

The Republic of Korea plans in 2020 to launch a descent vehicle to the Moon to conduct research on its surface. Within the framework of the project, South Korean specialists together with NASA will create a project of orbiting aircraft, as well as familiarize themselves with communication technologies in space and landing.

According to the professor at Konguk University Lee Chang Jin, the force of gravity on the Moon is 1/6 of that on Earth, but there should be no problems with landing. Speaking about the project, Professor Chu Kwang-hyuk, head of the Korean Institute for Aerospace Research's Moon Research Department, touched upon the successful landing of the Philae robot from the European scientific space probe Rosetta on the nucleus of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. He noted that when creating the Rosetta probe, technologies were used that were relevant 10 years ago. But since then, robotics and other technologies have come a long way, raising the chances of success for the ROK lunar exploration project.

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