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S Korea's satellite fails to enter its orbit: Science Minister

South Korea's satellite seems to have not entered its target orbit after successfully separating from its carrier rocket, South Korea's science minister said today.

"We cannot spot the satellite in its orbit, where it is supposed to be," Science Minister Ahn Byung-man said at a press conference, calling it a "partial failure."

The government, however, said it was yet to identify with the exact cause of the incident, adding that it was observed that the satellite, although ignited as planned, was separated at an altitude 36-km higher than its target position.

"We are now under an analysis to check how far the satellite went off its target orbit," said Lee Joo-jin, chief of the science center responsible for the launch, adding that it does not have a self-propeller.


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