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SpaceX Rocket Launches South Korea’s First Mission to the Moon

  • Lunar orbiter will stream BTS video to test wireless Internet
  • Korean government aims to send probe to moon’s surface by 2031
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WATCH: South Korea launches its first lunar orbiter on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket from Florida. Source: Bloomberg
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South Korea successfully launched its first home-developed lunar orbiter Friday, becoming the seventh country to join the already competitive race to send spacecrafts to the moon.

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, developed by Korea Aerospace Research Institute, lifted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 7:07 p.m. local time and successfully separated from SpaceX’s 549-ton Falcon 9 rocket around 45 minutes later, live broadcast of the launch showed.