14 Nov 2022

First Lunar Mission from NZ about to enter Moon orbit

From Morning Report, 7:56 am on 14 November 2022

Space ... the final Kiwi frontier.

The first lunar mission to have ever taken off from New Zealand is about to enter the Moon's orbit.

Rocket Lab, a New Zealand/US venture, launched Nasa's Capstone micro-satellite on an Electron rockets from Mahia back in June.

All going to plan,  Nasa is now looking to put a small space station into the same orbit as a precursor to returning astronauts to the Moon -- women, this time, or else people of colour.

Rocket Lab communications manager Morgan Bailey spoke to Corin Dann.