Satellite tumbling out of control
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.