South Korea unveils its own lunar rover


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The competition heats up: South Korea has revealed its preliminary design for a lunar rover, set to launch in 2020 on a Korean-built rocket.

The article does not indicate whether this project has actually been approved or is merely being touted by Korea Institute of Science and Technology, which made the announcement. The cost to build it is estimated to be more than $7 billion, which seems quite exorbitant and over-priced.

Update: I had misread the conversion in the article from U.S. to Korean currency and thought the proposed cost for this mission was way more than it really is, which is about $7 million, a much more reasonable number. Thanks to Edward for the correction.

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  • Edward

    Robert, I think you are three orders of magnitude off, on the price tag. Converting the Korean currency to American dollars comes up with about $7 million.

  • Oy, you are so right. My eyes saw the comma as a period and thought the conversion was almost 1 to 1, not 1 to 1000. The post has been corrected. Thanks.

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