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North Korea May Launch Rocket, Photo Shows

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North Korea may be preparing to attempt another rocket launch in the next few weeks, new satellite imagery suggests.

The photo, which was taken Monday (Nov. 26), shows increased activity at North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launch Station. The hustle and bustle is similar to that seen before the rogue nation’s failed long-range rocket launch last April, according to satellite operator DigitalGlobe.

“Given the observed level of activity noted of a new tent, trucks, people and numerous portable fuel/oxidizer tanks, should North Korea desire, it could possibly conduct its fifth satellite launch event during the next three weeks (e.g., by mid-December 2012),” DigitalGlobe officials wrote in a statement released with the new image.

Though it has tried numerous times, North Korea has not yet succeeded in placing a satellite in Earth orbit. Last April’s attempted launch of an Earth-observing craft atop the nation’s Unha-3 rocket was just the latest failure, following similar flops in 1998 and 2009.

In a rare public admission, North Korean officials acknowledged the Unha-3 failure shortly after the rocket crashed into the sea on April 13. (The nation had maintained that the 1998 and 2009 attempts were successful, though Western analysts are confident that neither one reached orbit.)

North Korea’s past launches have drawn condemnation from the United States, South Korea and other nations, which viewed them as thinly disguised missile tests. The West’s concern stems largely from North Korea’s famous unpredictability, along with its status as a nuclear-armed nation. The country is also highly secretive, making it difficult for Western observers to follow its activities or divine its motives.

North Korean missile technology races its origins to Soviet Scuds, which apparently entered the country via Egypt in the 1970s. Since then, the Hermit Kingdom has been developing bigger and more powerful rockets, some of which may have the potential to reach the West Coast of the United States.

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North Korea Plans Satellite Launch Later This Month

Over the next three weeks, North Korea plans to launch an Earth observation satellite into space.

North Korea has informed the International Maritime Organisation wing of the UN that it plans to launch the latest Kwangmyngsng satellite sometime between February 8 and25. The hermit regime also poked its head out to report itsplans to the UNs International Telecommunication Union, who help manage the worlds satellites’ orbits.

It all sounds very official, but the North Korean National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) isnt likely to be replacing NASA any time soon.

The North Koreans have a chequered past in their space program’s short history. Since 1998, NADAhasattempted five satellite launches. Four of these have been flops. The fifth Kwangmyngsng-3 Unit 2 launched in December 2012, and managed to enter orbit.

Although this launch madeNorth Korea the world’s 10th countryto successfullysend an objectintoorbit,several weeks laterthe satelliteappeared to be broken and was”twirling around” aimlessly, Associated Pressreported

Although North Koreaproclaimsthat the satellite will be used for purely scientific purposes, the international community isnt convinced. The plan was announced less than a month after itshydrogen bomb test, leading many to believe this launch is just a guise forlong-range ballistic missile tests. This, along with decades of historic tension with the wider world, has led the United States, South Korea and Japan to already condemnthe plan.

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Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/north-korea-plan-satellite-launch-later-month-0

North Korea looks like a sea of misery in this photo from space

North Korea appears as nothing more than a shadow in the above photograph, taken at night aboard the International Space Station last month. South Korea’s eastern coastline is indistinguishable from the demilitarized zone along the border with the North, as though the Sea of Japan flowed into the Yellow Sea and Pyongyang were an island in a strait separating South Korea from China.

North Korea’s interior is nearly invisible from orbit at night, just as what happens inside the country on a day-to-day basis is largely invisible to the outside world. U.N. investigators managed to shine a little light into North Korea’s darkest corners last month — click below to read their report.

Read more: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/north-korea-looks-like-a-sea-of-misery-in-this-photo-from-space/

GoPro Tour Of Pyongyang, North Korea

GoPro Tour Of Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea is famous as the most mysterious, oppressive, and isolated state in the world. Few tourists are ever allowed into the country, and when they are, they are only taken on a government sanctioned tour. 

Even though this new video tour by Aram Pan was approved of by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, it is an eye opening experienced. Watch what it’s really like to take a bus through the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Notice how few cars there are on the road. This might be the only capital in the world with no traffic congestion. 

 

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