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3rd Time Lucky, South Korea HAS Liftoff

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on 3rd Time Lucky, South Korea HAS Liftoff

3rd Time Lucky via AFPSouth Korea has successfully launched a space rocket carrying a science satellite, in a high-stakes test of national pride after North Korea got there first with a rocket launch last month. It was the South’s third attempt to launch a civilian rocket to send a satellite in orbit in the past four years.

It came after two previous launches were aborted at the 11th hour last year due to technical glitches. The launch vehicle, named Naro, lifted off from South Korea’s space centre on the south coast and successfully went through stage separation before entering orbit, officials at mission control said.

Initially scheduled for October 26, today’s launch had been twice postponed for technical reasons. The delay meant that rival North Korea was able to claim a rare technological victory over the South by launching a satellite into orbit on a three-stage rocket on December 12.

South Korea remains far behind regional rivals China and Japan in the effort to build space rockets to put satellites into orbit and has relied on other countries, including Russia, to join the space race :: Read the full article »»»»


Space Race Kicks OFF Anew in 2013

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Grilled Auto News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Space Race Kicks OFF Anew in 2013

Iranian Space MonkeyIran Sends A Monkey into Space! or Does It? Iran’s defence minister says the country has successfully sent a monkey into space, paving the way for a manned space flight.

Arabic-language channel Al-Alam and other Iranian news agencies said the monkey returned alive after travelling in a capsule to an altitude of 120 kilometres for a sub-orbital flight. “This success is the first step towards man conquering the space and it paves the way for other moves,” Ahmad Vahidi told state television “Today’s successful launch follows previous successes we had in launching (space) probes with other living creatures (on board),” he said. The monkey which was sent in this launch landed safely and alive and this is a big step for our experts and scientists.”

The Week however, has reported that …something was amiss: Upon further inspection, it appears the monkey that returned from space doesn’t match the monkey that left. Images newly released from a press conference prior to the launch show a monkey with light fur and a conspicuous red mole above its eye. The mole is mysteriously missing on the monkey that returned, which also has notably darker hair :: Read the full article »»»»