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Seoul Military Releases Photos Of Salvaged N Korea Spy Satellite Debris

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Seoul Military Releases Photos Of Salvaged N Korea Spy Satellite Debris

North Korea said that it first spy satellite crashed into the sea.

Seoul:

South Korea’s military released images of part of a North Korean spy satellite that crashed soon after launch Wednesday due to a rocket failure, with Seoul’s military finding and salvaging the debris.

The images show a large barrel-like metal structure with some thin pipes and wires at the bottom, which South Korea’s military said it salvaged in waters 200 kilometres (124 miles) west of Eocheong Island.

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North Korea said the satellite crashed into the sea soon after as an “accident occurred” during its flight, state media said.

Pyongyang does not have a functioning satellite in space and leader Kim Jong Un has made developing a military spy satellite a top priority for his regime, personally overseeing some launch preparations.

North Korean space authorities “launched a military reconnaissance satellite, ‘Malligyong-1’, mounted on a new-type carrier rocket, ‘Chollima-1’, at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in Cholsan County of North Phyongan Province at 6:27 on May 31,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

But the rocket crashed into the sea “after losing thrust due to the abnormal starting of the second-stage engine after the separation of the first stage during the normal flight,” it said.

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