Third time lucky. South Korea finally launched the rocket it’s been trying to get off the ground from its very own soil. After two failed attempts in 2009 and 2010, this was a triumphant moment. Live TV footage capturing the minute the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (or KSLV-1) blasted off from the Naro Space Centre.

But not everyone will be celebrating. This launch is contentious of course, not least because its neighbours in the North have been rachetting up the tensions over missile launches. North Korea’s been busying itself preparing for a third nuclear test, no less, and it’s been firing long-range rockets with the capacity to land in America some, six thousand two hundred miles away.

Last month the UN Security Council rapped North Korea over the knuckles for its posturing, imposing sanctions which were tightened last week. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton saying the behaviour is a threat to America, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia.

South Korea, meanwhile, claims its launch was to send an observational satellite into orbit, so scientists can analyse weather data, measure radiation in space and gauge distances on earth.

 

Written and presented by Marverine Cole