North Korea launches long-range rocket; Debris in Philippines; Claims satellite enters orbit

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.

  • nc

    Un, time to put your toys away and go to bed like a good little boy.

  • nc

    Un, time to put your toys away and go to bed like a good little boy.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    If it turns out to be a satellite, I guess North Korea can finally see how the rest of the world lives.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    If it turns out to be a satellite, I guess North Korea can finally see how the rest of the world lives.

  • Guest

    We sent two Navy ships over there, and several nations were monitoring them. Why are we uncertain about the success of the rocket launch? That doesn’t make sense to me…