North Korea’s rocket launch ends in failure

Unlike the Unha-2 rocket, which flew east over Japan’s main island in 2009, the Unha-3 was supposed to travel mostly over ocean during the boost phase on its way to putting a satellite into orbit about 300 miles above Earth. But the rocket broke apart soon after launch, according to U.S. and South Korean officials. Read related article.

North Korea’s failed rocket launch
Sources: Korean Commitee of Space Technology; James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies;;; wire reports. By Bill Webster and Laris Karklis/The Washington Post. Published on April 11, 2012, 6:10 p.m.
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