Luxembourg, 29 March 2021. – A high-tech country with space ambitions: South Korea announced plans to develop its own space program and go to the Moon by 2030, Space News reported.
South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in wants to launch a rocket developed in his country that’s capable of landing a robotic lander on the Moon by 2030, the news website and magazine reported.
President Moon unveiled his plans in a speech given on March 25 at the Naro Space Center in Goheung in South Korea, Space News said.
South Korea is one of the most advanced high-tech countries in the world.
Besides landing on the Moon, South Korea also wants to send a spacecraft to the Apophis asteroid which is expected to come closer to Earth in 2029, Space News said.
The South Korean president hopes to partner with the global space industry in order to help achieve the country’s goal and create an ecosystem, the report said, specifically naming SpaceX as a potential partner.