South Korea plans to launch moon probe in 2020 in intensifying Asian space race

AP reports that South Korea will launch its own lunar probe in 2020:

"South Korea will launch its first lunar probe in 2020, joining an intensifying Asian space race after recent missions to the moon by China and Japan, the government said Tuesday.

The plan is part of the government's Space Development Roadmap that also aims to put a satellite into orbit on a rocket to be developed from homegrown technology by 2017, the Science and Technology Ministry said.

A second lunar probe would be launched in 2025, it said."

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