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NORAD: North Korea orbits "object"

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#1 DocM


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:16



SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea appeared to successfully fire a long-range rocket Wednesday, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un pushes forward with its quest to develop the technology needed to deliver a nuclear warhead.

Pyongyang's state media quickly claimed that the country had succeed in its mission of putting a peaceful satellite into orbit with its long-range Unha-3 rocket. Officials at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said North Korea appeared to have put an object into space.



NORAD: NKorea appears to have orbited 'an object'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command says North Korea appears to have launched "an object" into Earth orbit, but neither the missile used nor debris from the launch are a threat to North America.

NORAD officials said U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch at 7:49 p.m. EST Tuesday. The missile was tracked in a southerly direction.

NORAD said initial indications were that the first stage of the rocket fell into the Yellow Sea and that the second stage fell into the Philippine Sea.

Quoting a NORAD news release: "Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit. At no time was the missile or the resultant debris a threat to North America."

NORAD is based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

#2 SharpGreen


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:28

I seem to recall this exact thing being part of the plot of a video game. The game even used some of the same words...like calling the North Korean satellite "peaceful". In the game though it was anything but.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:28

Its only a satellite everyone calm down....

#4 Joseph B

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:34

Surely this is the Mayan's doing.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:49

^ we'll find out soon enough.