South Korea has postponed the launch of its Nuri rocket after a technical glitch was detected just hours before lift-off. It was the third planned launch of Nuri, following a failed first attempt and a successful second mission last year. A communication error between the launch control computer and another computer managing the launch pad was detected during preparation, forcing officials to postpone. If they find a solution by Thursday morning, they will hold a meeting to decide whether to carry out the launch that day. The rocket was set to be topped with eight working satellites, including a “commercial-grade satellite”. The three-stage Nuri rocket has been a decade in development at a cost of $1.5bn. South Korea has laid out ambitious plans for outer space, including landing spacecraft on the Moon by 2032 and Mars by 2045.