South Korea's DANURI took off into space at 8 minutes past 8 on this Friday morning that is Korea local time.
It was launched by Space X in Florida and marks the country's first tangible step to joining the exclusive global lunar mission.
Shin Ha-young starts us off.
The long journey of South Korea's first lunar orbiter has begun.
The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, Danuri was sent on its way to the moon from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 8:08 Friday morning Korean time.
According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, the launch is proceeding successfully.
40 minutes after the launch, the 678-kilogram Danuri successfully separated from its SpaceX Falcon 9 carrier rocket.
The first communication to an antenna located in Canberra, Australia was also successful.
It will take around four and a half months for Danuri to enter orbit around the moon, which is scheduled to begin on December 16th.
After starting to circle above the moon's surface in late December, it will carry out its mission from early next year until around December 2023.
Danuri is carrying six scientific instruments, including an ultra-sensitive camera.
During its mission, it will measure a variety of traits of the lunar surface as well as the terrain and magnetic strength to create the world's first polarization map of the entire moon.
In addition, Danuri will look for the best landing site for NASA's Artemis Program, and will test the world's first deep space internet communication.
In doing so, it will try to send back to Earth the music video for the BTS song "Dynamite".
If Danuri successfully enters the moon's orbit, South Korea will become the seventh country to have orbited the moon.
Shin Ha-young, Arirang News.