North Korea Taking Rocket Apart, but Launch Still On
Technical problem needs to be fixed
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2012 11:25 AM CST
This Dec. 4, 2012 satellite image taken by GeoEye and annotated and distributed by North Korea Tech and 38 North shows snow covering the Sohae launching station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea.   (AP Photo/GeoEye via North Korea Tech and 38 North)

(Newser) – North Korea is taking apart its long-range rocket to fix a technical problem, but it still plans on moving forward with the controversial launch, according to South Korean news reports and experts. Its initial moves to deconstruct the rocket fueled speculation that the launch was to be abandoned, but it turns out North Korean rockets simply have to be dismantled in order to be repaired, Reuters reports. North Korea yesterday delayed the launch window by a week. An attempted April launch failed, and this second attempt is meant to coincide with the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death.

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Dec 11, 2012 3:16 PM CST
Doesn't figure....The USA spends billions each year with NASA....people are homeless, starving and walking the streets. The people of North Korea are fighting each day for food and shelter for starving and homeless people. When is this STUPID World going to wake up to reality. What is more important?? Do you help those in need or shun them for senseless Space Travel?
Dec 11, 2012 2:43 PM CST
I hope their rocket goes up...then comes right back down on top of them.
Dec 11, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Hey Kim, feed those starving rocket scientists some meat for a change and they might work faster.