South Korea’s moonshot will explore magnetic mysteries and more

South Korea’s first mission to the moon, the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), is set to blast off Thursday on a mission to explore magnetic anomalies, search for future landing sites and sniff out rare elements on the moon.

The spacecraft, which is also known as ‘Danuri‘ — a portmanteau of Korean words meaning ‘moon’ and ‘enjoy’ — is currently scheduled to launch on Aug. 4 at 7:08 pm EDT (2308 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Upon arrival at the moonDanuri will enter lunar polar orbit and cruise above the surface at an altitude of 60 miles (100 kilometers).

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