South Korea says it has successfully launched a civilian rocket carrying a scientific satellite into space. The country has previously failed in two attempts in 2009 and 2010 to launch such a craft. More than 2,000 people gathered near the launch site to witness the rocket blasting off. A final judgement of the success of the launch is expected when the satellite makes the first communication with the ground on Thursday. South Korea already has satellites in space, but they were launched from other countries. The launch comes amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. After the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to censure North Korea for a rocket launch in December, the rogue state issued a warning that it would perform nuclear tests aimed at the United States. Last week Pyongyang also declared a boycott of all dialogue aimed at ending its nuclear programme. North Korea's December launch showed it had the capacity to deliver a rocket that could potentially hit San Francisco, according to an intelligence assessment by South Korea.
Jan. 30 - South Korea says its space rocket launch is successful, placing a scientific satellite into orbit. Sarah Sheffer reports. ( Transcript )
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