Event Details
Payload Blog

August 4, 2022 | 7:03 PM EST

Aug 04, 2022 07:03 PM Space Launch Complex 40 • Cape Canaveral Air Force Base



The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) is South Korea's first lunar mission.

It is developed and managed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and is to orbit the Moon for 1 year carrying an array of South Korean experiments and one U.S. built instrument.

The objectives are to develop indigenous lunar exploration technologies, demonstrate a "space internet", and conduct scientific investigations of the lunar environment, topography, and resources, as well as identify potential landing sites for future missions.



Hear the roar of the Falcon 9 rocket from the following location(s):


ROCKET LAUNCH: August 4, 2022 | SpaceX Falcon 9 KPLO

Launch Viewing

LC-39 Observation Gantry


$49 in addition to daily admission


  • See the rocket leave the launch pad
  • Additional Launch Transportation Ticket (LTT) required in addition to valid daily admission ticket
  • Approximately 3.4 miles / 5.5 kilometers from launch pad
  • Buses will board at engine-end of Saturn 1B rocket in the Rocket Garden at 5:00 PM
  • Launch audio, video, and communicator commentary available
  • Includes light snack and souvenir (redeemed at LC-39 viewing site)


Atlantis North Lawn

Located to the left when approaching Space Shuttle Atlantis®


  • See the rocket once it clears the tree line
  • Approximately 6.7 miles / 10.6 kilometers from the launch pad
  • Viewing area opens at 5:00 PM
  • Included with admission to visitor complex
  • Launch audio, video, and communicator commentary available



Important Information:


  • Plan to arrive early! Kennedy Space Center experiences increased traffic on launch days, and there is construction on SR 405/NASA Causeway resulting in lower speed limits and lane closures. Allow extra time for single-lane roads leading up to the visitor complex.