S. Korea to launch space rocket next week

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 10:20 hrs

-ANI): South Korea said Thursday it would launch a space rocket next week, over a month after it put off the launch due to a last-minute technical glitch.

The science ministry and the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute have decided to launch the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro-1, on Nov. 29.

The scheduled Oct. 26 launch was delayed due to a malfunction detected in the rocket's first stage only hours before its planned lift-off.

Russia designed and manufactured the rocket's first stage, while South Korea built its solid-fueled second stage.

The renewed attempt will mark South Korea's third attempt to put a satellite into orbit after two previous attempts in 2009 and 2010 failed. (Xinhua-ANI)

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