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Korea and United States to Co-Develop Lunar Lander Payloads
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Korea and United States to Co-Develop Lunar Lander Payloads
  • By Michael Herh
  • May 8, 2019, 13:21
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Ben Bush (left), a principal investigator at NASA, Choi Won-ho (center), director of public research project at the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Choi Young-jun, director of the space science division of the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute, take a photo after signing an agreement for joint development of lunar lander payloads at the Gwacheon government building on May 7.

The Ministry of Science and ICT announced on May 7 that the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute and NASA have signed an agreement for co-development of the payloads for civilian U.S. lunar landers.

NASA plans to land astronauts on the moon in 2024 and for this it plans to launch more than nine civilian lunar landers from next year for a scientific investigation of the lunar surface. The main body of private lunar landers will be manufactured by American companies, and the payloads will be manufactured by NASA through U.S. companies and international cooperation.

Korea and the United States will promote the development of scientific payloads for in-depth investigation of the surface and surrounding environment of the moon. The two countries will form a working group to discuss cooperation methods in detail and expand cooperation for scientific research at the lunar orbit in the future.