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Thursday, June 10, 2010

SKorean rocket likely exploded soon after liftoff - Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:43 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

SKorean rocket likely exploded soon after liftoff - Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 3:43 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

A South Korean rocket carrying a climate observation satellite apparently exploded 137 seconds into its flight early Thursday, the country's second major space setback in less than a year.

The two-stage Naro rocket operated normally during and after liftoff from the country's space center, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Ahn Byong-man said. But then communications with the rocket were lost after it reached an altitude of about 43 miles (70 kilometers). More...

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This second rocket launch failure in less than a year will sorely disappoint a large part of the Korean populace. I was in South Korea at the time of the previous failure last August. This current failure will wound Korean national pride which has already been injured by the countries reent inability to respond to the recent North Korean naval attack.

John H. Armwood


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