South Korean Space Craft Explodes After Launch

06.10.10 |

The South Korean space program suffered a setback today when a rocket toting a scientific satellite exploded two minutes after lift off. It was the program's second attempt to put a satellite into orbit. Last year a glitch occurred when a stage-separation mechanism failed. Today's launch had been delayed for a day due to mechanical problems. The rocket apparently disintegrated 43 miles above the earth during its first-stage ignition. The latest malfunction is a complete failure for a South Korean program that aims to launch commercial rockets hauling satellites. The South Koreans are also trying to construct a probe that would monitor the moon within 15 years.