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Thursday, November 22, 2012

South Korea to Launch Rocket Nov. 29, 2012

South Korea plans again to launch a space rocket next week, over a month after it put off the launch due to a last-minute technical glitch. The science ministry and the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute have decided to launch the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro-1, on Nov. 29, 2012.
The Naro-1, a 140-tonne rocket, will carry a 100 kilogram (220-pound) satellite it will carry has a one-year operational lifespan and was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
If the launch is successful, South Korea will join the Asian-capable nations of placing satellites in orbit along side China (1970), Iran (2009), Israel (1988),  Japan (1970), and India (1980). Overall, it South Korea would be the 10th nation in the world to place a satellite into orbit.

North Korea has unsuccessfully attempted to place a satellite into low earth orbit in 2012, and it is expected to try again in 2013.

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