North Korean Spy Satellite Launch Fails

Objectivity 4.8 | Credibility 4.8 | Relevance 4.6

North Korea’s launch of its first spy satellite failed when the second stage lost thrust and the payload crashed into the Yellow Sea west of the Korean peninsula.  South Korean and Japanese officials said that the rocket had “an abnormal flight” and that no part of the payload reached space.  The launch took place at 6:37 a.m. local time, and quickly set off warnings in South Korea and Japan.  Residents of Seoul, Korea and Okinawa prefecture in southwestern Japan were advised to take shelter. Japan has said that its missile defense systems will remain on alert until June 11, which is the end of North Korea’s announced launch window.  Despite the launch being a violation of a U.N. ban on ballistic missile testing, North Korea has said that they plan on attempting another launch after analyzing why the first launch failed.