South Korea Establishes Space Agency, Targets Mars Landing | Space

South Korea has created a new national space agency to increase its capabilities and is aiming for a future Mars landing.

President Yoon Suk Yeol recently announced the establishment of the Korea Aerospace Administration (KASA). He said the country plans to spend about $70 billion on future space exploration.

“I have always believed that there is an infinite dream and future in outer space,” Yoon said. The South Korean leader added that the agency would seek “to land a homegrown probe on the moon by 2032 and plant the (South Korean flag) on Mars by 2045.”

South Korean space officials say the newly formed agency will aim to establish better cooperation than in the past, when different government ministries were involved in space activities. All space efforts are now to be developed under the KASA.

FILE – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol speaks during a ceremony for the 3rd Summit for Democracy in Seoul, South Korea 18 March 2024. (KIM MIN-HEE/Pool via REUTERS)

South Korea became the seventh country to own an indigenous space launch rocket. Last May, that vehicle, called Nuri, successfully launched a large satellite into orbit. Additional Nuri rocket launches are planned. One is set for the second half of 2025.

In the next three years, South Korea plans at least three more space launches. It also aims to launch several military satellites.

A KASA statement…


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