Subscribe Register Login

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 5:01 p.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

S. Korea launches rocket weeks after North

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 30, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.

— South Korea said Wednesday that it successfully launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time, a point of national pride that came weeks after arch-rival North Korea accomplished a similar feat to the surprise of the world.

The South Korean rocket blasted off from a launch pad in the southwestern coastal village of Goheung. Science officials told cheering spectators minutes later that the rocket delivered an observational satellite into orbit.

Officials expected to know Thursday whether the satellite is operating as intended.

A crowd gathered around a TV at a train station in downtown Seoul to watch the launch. “I’m proud we have entered the ranks of satellite powers,” office worker Hyun Day-sun said.

The launch is a culmination of years of efforts by South Korea — Asia’s fourth-largest economy — to advance its space program and cement its standing as a technology powerhouse whose semiconductors, smart phones and automobiles command global demand.

North Korea’s long-range rocket program, in contrast, has generated international fears that it is getting closer to developing nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S.

Comments on: S. Korea launches rocket weeks after North

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Driver trainees

    25 driver traineesneeded now!Become a driver forTMC Transpor...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • It tech

    united states district courteastern district of arkansasinfo...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Account executive - online

    Assist advertisers in planning advertising strategy, schedu...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Welders/fitters

    PIPE Combination pipe welders/fitters at Comfort Systems US...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Instructors

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), located in...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 828 jobs >

Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online