February 7, 2023

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The Moon mission in South Korea offers great views of Earth

Hey Earth, you look beautiful. The South Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, known as Danuri, has sent humanity some visible love messages from the moon. The spacecraft recently entered lunar orbit and pointed a high-resolution camera at home.

the Korea Aerospace Research Institute co Views on Twitter this week. The first two come from late December and show the cratered landscape of the Moon with Earth visible above the horizon.

Pictures remind us of Earthrise Perspectives Seen from NASA’s Apollo and Artemis missions. The Artemis I mission has sent a pretty lunar circumnavigation Earthrise video As seen from last year’s uncrewed Orion capsule.

KARI shared a second set of Earth photos snapped over the new year.

Danori is South Korea’s first lunar mission. It was launched in August 2022 on a SpaceX rocket and is scheduled to orbit the moon for a year. NASA contributed one instrument to the mission, a camera called ShadowCam that will take pictures of the moon’s shadowed polar regions. The mission could help NASA choose future moon landing sites.

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The name Danuri came about through a public contest and is the result of mixing up the Korean words for moon and enjoy. After seeing these photos, the name couldn’t be more appropriate.