South Korea Reached Major Space Milestones in 2022

The maiden launch of South Korea’s Nuri booster. (Credit: Korea Aerospace Research Institute)

On June 21, South Korea’s domestically manufactured Nuri rocket roared off the pad at the Naro Space Center and placed satellites into orbit for the first time. Six months later, South Korea’s first lunar probe entered orbit around the moon, putting an exclamation point on a breakthrough year for the emerging Asian space power.