Korea’s Moon Program: “Failure To Launch”?

Korea Satellite Launch (Photo)

Korea’s JoongAng Daily opines that the nation’s leaders may be playing pure politics with a proposed government-financed mission to the Moon, which includes a tight timeline for a 2020 Lunar landing.

Choi Joon-Ho, industry news editor of the JoongAng Ilbo, reports:

The Park Geun-hye administration claimed that it would send a lunar module in 2020 and hoist the Taegeukgi, or the Korean flag. She proposed a hasty timeline five years earlier than the original plan made by the Roh Moo-hyun administration. Scientists were perplexed at the senseless promise.

The Ministry of Science is reviewing the space program made in the Park administration. At the Aerospace Committee on Nov. 12, mid- and long-term space programs will be revised and finalized. The aerospace subcommittee is busy discussing the timeline. The goal of landing on the moon is likely to be postponed to 2030 — not 2020 or 2025.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) continues its ambitious plan to reach Luna, which could be financed through sales of property claims on the Moon.

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