Satel­lite tum­bling out of con­trol

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS -

The North Korean satel­lite launched into space last week is out of con­trol and most likely dead, as­tronomers re­ported Mon­day. The ap­par­ent fail­ure will not cause the space­craft to fall quickly back to Earth but rep­re­sents a ma­jor set­back in Py­ongyang’s bid to por­tray the launch­ing as a pa­tri­otic and tech­no­log­i­cal success. “It’s tum­bling, and we haven’t picked up any trans­mis­sions,” said Jonathan McDow­ell, a Har­vard as­tronomer. North Korea’s state-run news me­dia said noth­ing about the satel­lite’s dys­func­tion, fo­cus­ing in­stead on the somber one-year an­niver­sary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the long­time leader.

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