Skip to comments.Multi-nation search for debris begins for failed North Korean rocket(treasure hunt under way)
Posted on 04/13/2012 6:31:45 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Multi-nation search for debris begins for failed North Korean rocket
4:33 AM, Apr 13, 2012
(CBS/AP) PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea's much-anticipated rocket launch ended quickly in an embarrassing failure early Friday, splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff and setting off an international search effort for the debris to gain insight into what went wrong and what rocket technology the country has.
Within minutes of the early morning launch, the U.S. and South Korea declared it a failure. North Korea acknowledged that hours later in an announcement broadcast on state TV, saying the satellite had failed to enter into orbit.
More U.S., Japanese and South Korean military assets were in place than ever before to monitor the launch, which was expected to provide vital data on North Korea's ballistic missile capabilities.
Two South Korean destroyers, equipped with missiles that could have shot the rocket down if necessary, began scouring the seas for debris from the rocket along with South Korean helicopters, CBS Radio News reporter Don Kirk reports from the South Korean capital of Seoul.
The Japanese government said self-defense teams were working with the U.S. military to analyze the rocket's flight route and any debris reclaimed from the failed rocket launch, CBS Radio News reporter Lucy Craft reports from Tokyo.
U.S. Navy minesweepers and other ships were in the area.
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Sort of like the scramble after a pinata is broken open.
If the rocket didn’t work, why worry bout it?
just like the last one several years ago... mysteriously disintegrates.... can you say 747 with nose mounted laser????? The missile is now and has been obsolete.. Thank you Ronald Reagan for Ronnie’s raygun..
” splintering into pieces over the Yellow Sea soon after takeoff “
Drat - I had “explodes on the launchpad” in the office pool....
Unlikely since Obama killed ABL...
US mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon
As a former rocket launching mom of two awesome geeks - LOLOLOL. He is VERY lucky man!
May God bless.
LOL We talked with our son in Seoul this AM. The South Koreans are getting a huge chuckle out of this.
The launch of the satellite this time will be successful because Comrade Kim Jong-Un is guiding us through the launch step by step, and gives us personal guidance.Sometimes, even the brilliant personal guidance of Kim Jong-un seems not to yield the desired results.
I wonder to which
gulag luxury resort the director of mission control will be sent to enjoy a healthy atmosphere and some pleasant gardening exercise.
The North Koreans are celebrating the unqualified successful launch of their flying submarine program.
I have a relative that did tours in Japan as some sort of medical tech. She once told me that an SR-71 went down [over water], and she had never seen a base as active as it was for the scramble for the hunt for the pieces.
Ludlow Kissel III, I presume?
Hey Tiger I got better idea send Deadliest Catch crew they find anything or Whale wars guys LOL!
Question are they still laughing in South Korea LOL!
Well at least that bounced off... it could have ended a lot worse =P
I wonder if that Aegis boat that was over there had anything to do with it.
They actually admitted the failure to their own people?
I’d like to see what the payload really was.
A wrench, a jack and a spare tire...
and a drivers manual still wrapped in plastic, probably in the wrong language anyways