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NORAD: N. Korean missile
payload appeared to reach orbit

Reuters, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/12/2012 12:10:36 AM

Washington - US missile-warning systems detected the launch of a North Korean rocket on Tuesday, and initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said. The launch was detected at 7:49 p.m. EST (0049 GMT Wednesday) and the rocket was tracked on a southerly course, with the first stage falling into the Yellow Sea and the second stage falling into the Philippine Sea. "Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit," NORAD said in a statement.

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For some reason, I thought this missile was not the type to go and stay in orbit. No mention of the fact that we earlier launched our X-37B space plane into orbit.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 12/12/2012 12:25:10 AM     (No. 9060762)

Unfortunately, it was a pod containing dozens of N Korean citizens. They´ll solve their famine problem...one Sputnik at a time.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/12/2012 1:18:36 AM     (No. 9060784)

Getting even a golf ball into a stable orbit is quite an achievement.

Whatever it is up there, we might want to shoot it down.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/12/2012 1:27:35 AM     (No. 9060788)

I heard on the radio this evening that the unit had broken apart before achieving orbit. So who knows. Guess the real story will come out tomorrow.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Phil_hk, 12/12/2012 1:39:15 AM     (No. 9060793)

At this point the North Koreans has more a space program than the US

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/12/2012 2:20:51 AM     (No. 9060812)

"The rocket fell 3 ft. short of the White House,to the dismay of onlookers."

"We really thought we had him this time said one disgruntled republican."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 12/12/2012 3:22:07 AM     (No. 9060843)

I don´t see why anyone should be scared of North Korea. After all, it is a land of extreme fairness - the exact same kind of fairness Dear Leader Barack so warmly praises. Just because North Korea is years ahead of the USA in the fairness department doesn´t mean we should fear them. Imposing fairness upon people is a sign of good intentions, is it not?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: curious1, 12/12/2012 12:52:20 PM     (No. 9061709)

Yeah, well it was launched into a polar orbit, I heard. If it did make it, that means eventually it crosses above the US. Is its altitude 300mi or so, by any chance, since we know the norks have nukes? EMP surprise at an inopportune moment (or to help capt. zippy) anyone?

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