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N. Korea satellite appears dead: US scientist

Published on Dec 18, 2012 6:26 AM
 
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 12, 2012 shows North Korean rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, lifting off from the launching pad in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province in North Korea. The satellite appears to be dead as no signal can be detected, a United States (US) -based astrophysicist who monitors spaceflights said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A satellite launched with fanfare last week by a defiant North Korea appears to be dead as no signal can be detected, a United States (US) -based astrophysicist who monitors spaceflights said on Monday.

The US and its Asian allies have acknowledged that North Korea succeeded on Wednesday in putting an object into orbit that the communist state said was observing the Earth and airing patriotic songs.

Mr Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said that the satellite was clearly in orbit but that no songs could be heard.

"To the best of our knowledge, the satellite isn't operating," he said. "It's definitely up there and it's whizzing around, but it's just not feeling very well."

 
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