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Uh Oh: North Korea Tries (Fails?) to Launch a Ballistic Rocket

georgerdavis Wrote: Apr 13, 2012 5:08 AM
The US tried and failed multiple times to launch rockets before we learned how to stabilize flight, etc, so this launch failure is just part of their learning curve. I imagine Iran will endure the same embarrassment once they start regular launches. Unless they plan on delivering their nukes by suitcase.
traitorbill Wrote: Apr 13, 2012 10:09 AM
So did China. Until Clinton sold them our national security for campaign contributions.
wiseone Wrote: Apr 13, 2012 8:25 AM
Yes. But we were dealing with unknown factors. There was no existing experience.

Are you saying, for example, that the NorKs shouldn't be expected to build a successful airplane on their first try, just because it took the Wright brothers several tries to get their prototype airborne?

Reports are just starting to emerge and the deets are still developing, but it appears that North Korea has neglected the wishes of the international community and launched a ballistic rocket, supposedly carrying a weather satellite. Even more troubling is that it seems the launch failed and the rocket broke apart. This cannot be good -- stay tuned...

North Korea launched a rocket Friday, US officials confirm, in what the U.S. and its allies consider an attempt to test long-range missile technology.

It is unclear at this time if the launch was successful. U.S. officials tell Fox...