North Korea launched this satellite as part of a scientific mission to obtain high resolution imagery of how poor and desolate it is.—
Tom Gara (@tomgara) December 12, 2012
North Korea has test-fired a long-range missile, with a trajectory over Okinawa and the Philippines. Naturally, South Korea and Japan are not happy. North Korean state-run radio says that the nation has put a satellite in orbit.
Many initial reports called the launch a failure, but later reports indicated that it was successful. Some are claiming that it may have achieved “staging,” which means that the rocket’s three stages fired as expected. The third stage might have fallen as far away as the Philippines, according to reports. Hence, the claim of a satellite launch seems to have some credibility, at least in terms of the rocket not disintegrating.
While Asians are worrying, many Americans are turning to snark as the weapon of choice.