Nine American scientists will participate in South Korea’s first lunar orbiter mission to be launched next year.
Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) plans to launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in August 2022.The spacecraft will orbit moon According to reports, this is South Korea’s first space exploration mission, which lasted about a year. NASA statement.
NASA announced on Tuesday (March 30) that it had selected nine American scientists to join the mission as part of the agency’s KPLO participation in the scientist program. The new members will work with the spacecraft’s five scientific instruments, which will measure the lunar surface from orbit to learn more about the spacecraft. The environment and resources of the moon And determine the potential landing location for future tasks.
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KPLO project manager Sang-Ryool Lee said in the statement: “KPLO’s participation in the Scientist Program is an example of how international cooperation can use the talents of two space agencies to achieve greater scientific and exploration success than a single mission.” It’s amazing Korean Aerospace Research Institute The (KARI) moon mission is NASA’s partner in space exploration. We are very happy to see that the KPLO mission and future KARI-NASA joint activities will generate new knowledge and opportunities. “
The nine scientists selected by NASA include William Farrand, Caleb Fassett, Ian Garrick-Bethell, Rachel Klima, Mikhail Kreslavsky, Shuai Li, Gorden Videen, Jean-Pierre Williams, and Naoyuki Yamashita, who have connections with many academic and research institutions. According to NASA’s statement, the new members will join the KPLO science team later this year and will receive a three-year grant.
Shoshana Weider, director of NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division KPLO’s Participating Scientists Program, said in the statement: “It is important to fully embed the scientists involved in the research into the existing KARI and NASA teams before the mission begins.” “This means. In the pre-launch mission planning stage, they will have enough time to cooperate with KARI colleagues, which will help ensure that the scientific return of their project and the entire mission is maximized.”
KPLO is a joint mission between KARI and NASA. South Korea will manage the manufacturing and operation of the orbiter, and NASA will support the mission by developing a scientific payload and assist the spacecraft in communication and navigation. Signed an agreement in 2016.
The scientific instruments of the orbiter include three cameras, a magnetometer and a gamma-ray spectrometer. NASA will provide one of the cameras, Called ShadowCam, Which will be used to map the reflectance in the permanent shadow areas of the moon’s poles to find evidence of frost or icing on the moon’s surface. The ShadowCam based on the “Narrow Angle Camera” of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will capture high-resolution optical images.
In addition to studying the physical characteristics of the lunar surface, the KPLO mission also aims to expand South Korea’s technical capabilities in space exploration and to develop tools for deep space exploration for future missions. The data collected from this mission will also help support planning. NASA’s Artemis program, According to the statement.
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