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South Korea launches first rocket into space

 South Korean elderly women take a sand bath as they are waiting to watch the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's first space rocket...
 A South Korean girl arranges national flags into the sand while waiting to watch liftoff of the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's...
 Mother and her son hold national flags as they play in the shallows while waiting to watch liftoff of the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, Sou...
 South Korean Kang Ick-hyung,75, arrives to submit an application form to reunit with his family members who are living in North Korea, at the headqua...
 The South Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's first space rocket, takes off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Center, at a beach in Goheu...

South Korea Rocket Launch

South Korean elderly women take a sand bath as they are waiting to watch the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's first space rocket...

South Korea Rocket

A South Korean girl arranges national flags into the sand while waiting to watch liftoff of the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's...

South Korea Rocket

Mother and her son hold national flags as they play in the shallows while waiting to watch liftoff of the country's first Space Launch Vehicle-1, Sou...

South Korea Koreas Tension

South Korean Kang Ick-hyung,75, arrives to submit an application form to reunit with his family members who are living in North Korea, at the headqua...

South Korea Rocket

The South Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, South Korea's first space rocket, takes off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Center, at a beach in Goheu...

South Korea's first rocket blasted off into space Tuesday following an aborted attempt last week and just months after its rival North Korea drew international ire for its own launch.
The launch of the two-stage Naro rocket could boost the country's space ambition but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response to Seoul's launch.
South Korea initially planned to launch the rocket in late July but delayed it several times due to technical glitches. Last Wednesday, the country aborted the launch plan just minutes before the scheduled blast off.
But Tuesday, all went according to plan. The rocket lifted off from the country's space center on Oenaro Island, about 290 miles (465 kilometers) south of Seoul, around 5 p.m. (0800 GMT, 4 a.m. EDT).
It is South Korea's first launch of a rocket from its own territory. Since 1992, it has launched 11 satellites, all on foreign-made rockets sent from overseas sites.
The rocket, built with Russian help, was carrying a domestically built satellite aimed at observing the atmosphere and ocean.
South Korean officials hope the rocket will boost the country's aim to become a regional space power, along with China, Japan and India. North Korea, however, has warned it would "closely watch" how the U.S. and other neighboring countries respond to the South's launch.
In April, the North claimed it launched a multistage rocket it said was mounted with a satellite. The U.S., Japan and other nations condemned the launch as a test of ballistic missile technology since the same rocket can be mounted with a warhead. The U.N. Security Council subsequently slapped Pyongyang with sanctions, calling the launch a violation of resolutions banning it from conducting missile-related activity.
In recent weeks, the North has significantly softened its stance toward the South, freeing a South Korean worker held there for more than four months, agreeing to lift restrictions on border crossings and pledging to resume joint projects and the reunion of families separated during the Korean War.


Updated : 2021-07-29 07:54 GMT+08:00