North Korea Rocket Launch: Unha-3 Fails to Reach Space (Video)

By on Apr 13, 2012 in Asia, World Comments

North Korea launched its long-range rocket at 7:39 a.m. local time on Friday morning, April 13, 2012 but reportedly failed to reach space. The Unha-3 rocket was launched near the village of Tongchang-ri at the northwestern Sohae Satellite in North Korea, according to reports by several international news sites.

North Korea Rocket Unha-3

North Korea Rocket, Unha-3
Image Credit: AFP

Reports say US officials confirmed that the 98-ton rocket of North Korea crashed into the sea just minutes after it was launched.

Based on the rocket’s flight path, Unha-3 was expected to fly into the southern direction past the Yellow Sea and into the eastern part of the Philippines.

Philippine officials has redirected flights and prevented fishermen from going out into the sea since Thursday due to the reported North Korea rocket launching.

According to North Korea last March, the launching of Unha-3 rocket was meant to send Kwangmyongsong-3, an Earth-observing satellite, as part of the 100th birth anniversary of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung.

Reports say the Unha-3 launching was the third space launch failure for North Korea. Previous launching were conducted in 1998 and 2009.

Below is an ABC news video report of the failed North Korea Rocket Launch.

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