Wednesday, January 30, 2013

South Korea joins global space club with satellite launch

South Korea launched its first-ever space rocket with the satellite carried by the rocket also believed to have entered its intended orbit. From this success, Korea became the 10th country to have succeeded in launching a satellites in to orbit. North Korea may argue that they were the 10th, but North Korea did not launch satellites, it was just a missile launch test. South Korea can expand its reach into space by building more intensive cooperative links with its friends and allies, thus allowing it to cost-share international missions and satellite constellations without having to own or constrcut all of the technology. This achievement marks a momentous boost for Korea's space ambitions and national pride, which were dampened by two previous failures, in 2009 and 2010. Experts however say there is a still long way to go before catching up with the global leaders in the field.

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