South Korea has been working on developing its space program through its lunar exploration project, developing the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (abbreviated as KPLO), which is a lunar orbiter. Developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (abbreviated as KARI), KPLO will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster.
The launch of the KPLO is slated for August 1st, 2022. The KPLO will reach lunar orbit around January and then will orbit the Moon for one year while collecting data.
The project is a combined effort of KARI, different Korean universities and research institutes, and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
This project is taking place under a cooperative system in which the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) oversees the system, main body of the orbiter, and ground station; and Korean universities and research institutes, and NASA support the payloads, deep space communication, and navigation technology.
The KPLO is equipped with cameras to help determine the Moon’s surface composition, based on how the surface materials will respond to light, and a gamma-ray spectrometer, which will help scientists determine the elemental makeup of materials.
The KPLO is also intended to help KARI “secure deep-space communication technologies.”
KARI aims to secure deep-space communication technologies such as establishing a large deep-space antenna capable of tracking and communicating with the orbiter to overcome signal sensitivity deterioration due to the distance between the Earth and Moon.
Specifically, through the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (abbreviated as ETRI), KPLO is testing whether space internet technology can connect to satellites or exploration robots wirelessly.
To help rectify the delay of at least 1.281 seconds when information is exchanged between Earth and the Moon, the ETRI developed node technology to allow the data to travel properly.
Excitingly for K-Pop fans, BTS‘s popular song “Dynamite” is slated to be the first song transmitted from lunar orbit through KPLO.
Although BTS has an incredible number of accolades, including their recent new record at the Billboard Music Awards, having the first song used for South Korea’s lunar exploration is an accomplishment that fans can call “out of this world.”
BTS universe domination https://t.co/XDpIWZ2UHw
— xxcharlotter (@itzcharxo) May 18, 2022
This world being too small for bangtan, we are gonna get streams from the Moon 😭 https://t.co/NoZ39k2UZY
— MintYoongi (@MintYoonismine) May 18, 2022
Wow BTS really went from global to universal yall https://t.co/GEX4AgZWC1
— peachy💎 FACE THE SUN 💎 svt cb 🌻 (@KwonWoo17) May 17, 2022
Some fans are joking that this will help “aliens become fans” of the legendary group.
— TheTEAIsHOT⁷ 10 June 💜 ⟭⟬ BULLET ⟬⟭ PROOF 💜 (@TheTAEIsHOTHOT1) May 18, 2022
We’ll be getting our first batch of alien baby armys 😂😂 https://t.co/b7iKEMI35D
— Mic Drop 🎤 ℗ ⁷|Mickey D can’t wait 4 2022.6.10 (@I_am_MicDrop7) May 18, 2022
And while other fans are confused by the selection of “Dynamite” as opposed to some of BTS’s more space-themed songs like Jin‘s solo song “Moon” or “134340,” which is named after the asteroid number used to label Pluto…
They literally could have chosen Moon but ok https://t.co/CUeAy1Hix7
— 𝕃𝕒𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕟⁷ ⟬⟭ 𝖜𝖊 𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖗𝖔𝖔𝖋 (@springborahae) May 18, 2022
The perfect song choice would be “134340” 🤭😂 https://t.co/cDwau3OXJN
— Aswiga⁷✘ (@aswiga_twt) May 18, 2022
Fans suggest that “Dynamite” is the perfect choice not only because of the song’s popularity but also because of the lyrics.
‘Cause I-I-I’m in the stars tonight.
oh this is cool!!🌌 literally in the stars tonight?😅💜 https://t.co/Igpr4w0vSd
— koni⁷ 💜 (@bangbangkoni) May 17, 2022
Cause I-I-I'm in the stars tonight ( literally) https://t.co/hy0uDCHp4P
— ᴮᴱtrusfrated⁷ ⟭⟬🧈 (@TrUSfRaTEDaff) May 18, 2022
K-Pop fans can look forward to the upcoming launch.