newspaper report: "Korean astro trash hits Darwin"

From: Michael & Caroline Rice (
Date: Thu Sep 23 2010 - 20:34:30 UTC

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    September 23rd, 2010 
    PART of a Korean rocket has reportedly been dropped near Darwin. 
    The Australian embassy reportedly notified the Korean ministry an
    unidentified object "had fallen in the city of Darwin, Australia". The Korea
    Herald said the ministry presumed that the object may be part of the
    second-stage rocket. 
    Officials were to analyse whether the space junk came from a failed rocket
    launch, said the Korea Times.
    Yesterday, the Australian Defence Department was unable to confirm whether
    any astro trash had been found in the NT. It was reported South Korea's
    first space rocket fell to the earth and burnt up after missing its
    designated orbit. The Naro rocket, carrying a satellite, lifted off on
    August 25 last year.
    The satellite was allegedly released too late and failed to follow its
    intended course.
    Experts at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute were quoted by local media
    as saying they were trying to track the satellite.
    But data indicated some pieces may have landed on earth. The rocket launch
    came at the same time as space junk had reportedly fallen near Darwin.
    The Korea Times said the Korean embassy in Australia had notified the South
    Korean Government of the findings in the NT.
    It said Russian and Korean scientists were investigating the finding.
    Korean head of science and technology policy Lee Sang-mok said the
    Government would co-operate with local authorities to identify the debris
    found in Darwin. Last night, the investigation was believed to be
    The Naro rocket, which is 33m long, was on its maiden flight when the launch
    It was re-launched in June this year, but the attempt also failed two
    minutes later when contact with the rocket was lost. Seoul insisted its
    rocket was part of a peaceful civilian space program. 
    It comes after North Korea successfully tested its Taepodong-2 ballistic
    missile in April. The rocket can reach distances of up to 7000km,
    potentially bringing into range Guam, Hawaii and Darwin.

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