Friday, 13 April 2012

North Korean Failed Rocket Launch(or was it a missile launch???)

A North Korea’s rocket launch, which was purportedly to launch a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite into Earth’s orbit, failed this morning. This would mark North Korea’s third official attempt to launch a satellite into outer space. Although the country had claimed that it’s previous two attempts – in 1998 and 2009 – were successful.  However, this has not been confirmed.
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The earth observation satellite failed to enter its preset orbit,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said, according to an AP report. “Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure.
The failure of this rocket doesn't come in as much of a surprise, given the resource and technical limitations of the isolated North Korean dictatorship. Although what is a surprise, is that The North Korean government accepted the failure. 
The United States, Japan and South Korea say that the rocket flew only for a short time before breaking up and crashing into waters around the Yellw Sea. And several countries, including the United States, have naval vessels looking for debris from the rocket, which broke up over the Yellow Sea.
They claim that the aim of the launch was to put a satellite into orbit - a move marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of national founder Kim Il-sung.
In 2009, North Korea announced that it was going to pursue its space program more aggressively, including a manned spaceflight program. But the US and other nations say the launch is a disguised test of long-range missile technology which is banned under UN resolutions.
In a statement, the White House condemned the launch, despite its failure. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the launch deplorable.
The UN Security Council is due to meet later in the day to discuss the launch. China, North Korea's closest ally, has called for calm and restraint on the Korean peninsula.

The Satellite view of the korean penisula at night

The path of the rocket launch

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