Russia's Ties with South Korea Deepen

It was a day of disappointment in South Korea. On Aug. 25, the country made its long-awaited debut, launching its first rocket from the southern tip of the Korean peninsula. Initially the two-stage rocket, called the Naro, seemed to take off flawlessly, but soon the bad news came: The Naro had failed to put the satellite it was carrying into its intended orbit. Now the Korean government is pledging an investigation along with Russia's Khrunichev State Space Science & Production Center, which had developed the rocket's lower stage and the vehicle's design.

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