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South Korea succeeds in 2nd home-developed space rocket attempt

Nuri rocket puts test satellite into orbit in boost for nation's space program

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

SEOUL -- South Korea on Tuesday successfully fired its first domestically developed rocket into space as part of the country's aim to establish an independent space program.

The three-stage Nuri rocket was fired at 4 p.m. from the Naro Space Center on the southern island of Oenarodo, flying for 16 minutes to put a 1.5-ton test satellite into orbit. Nuri was initially scheduled to launch last week but was delayed because of a technical issue.

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