North Korea Prepares New Rocket Launch, Photos Reveal

Weeks might be separating the North Korean nation from its first successful rocket launch

By on November 28th, 2012 12:45 GMT

Satellite photos taken Monday, November 26, suggest that North Korea might be preparing to launch a new rocket soon.

Images reveal an intense work at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in North Korea which researchers have associated with the preparative actions made last year by Koreans in the struggle to launch a rocket.

“Given the observed level of activity noted of a new tent, trucks, people and numerous portable fuel/oxidizer tanks, should North Korea desire, it could possibly conduct its fifth satellite launch event during the next three weeks,” DigitalGlobe stated, as cited by Space.

North Korea’s attempt last year to launch a rocket was but one of the series of failures the country marked in this field, although this was the only one publicly admitted by the Korean officials.

They claim they have successfully launched satellites in Earth’s orbit, an assertion deeply suspected by the international experts to be just a mask meant to hide their failures.

No public announcement about the fact has been made, which is no surprise, considering that North Korea’s mysterious character when it comes to its space missions is an already legendary one.
Satellite view on the Sohae Launch Facility in North Korea on November 26
   Satellite view on the Sohae Launch Facility in North Korea on November 26
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