South Korea Successfully Launches Domestic Rocket Following Delay

South Korea has successfully launched its homegrown Nuri rocket, marking a key step forward for the country’s burgeoning space programme. The rocket, which is more than 47 metres long and weighs 200 tonnes, was launched from the Naro Space Center in South Korea’s southern coastal region. This is the third launch of the Nuri, which successfully put test satellites into orbit last year after a failed 2021 attempt saw the rocket’s third-stage engine burn out too early. The rocket was topped with eight working satellites, including a “commercial-grade satellite”. South Korea has laid out ambitious plans for outer space, including landing spacecraft on the Moon by 2032 and Mars by 2045.