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South Korea fails to put satellite into orbit on domestic rocket

Nation loses chance to become 10th nation to reach milestone

South Korea's Nuri rocket, the country's first domestically developed space rocket, lifts off from a launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea on Thursday.   © Yonhap/Reuters

GOHEUNG, South Korea -- South Korea failed to deliver a satellite into orbit on Thursday, crushing its dream to become the 10th country in the world to reach the milestone using its own technology.

President Moon Jae-in said that the three-stage Nuri rocket could not reach orbit, although it flew as high as 700 km into space after all its three stages separated successfully.

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