Naro OK for Friday Blast-off After Final Rehearsal
Tears or cheers. In less than 24 hours, Korea will either make history or not as the nation makes its third attempt to send its first rocket into space, the Naro-one.
With the launch, Korea is vying to become a member of the Space Club, a term used to describe a group of elite countries that have successfully launched a rocket built with homegrown technology.
The satellite carrier -- with the first stage built by Russia and the rest -- the second stage and satellite -- developed by Korea -- will have its third and final countdown tomorrow in Goheung, South Jeolla Province.
For the latest on the launch preparations we go to Arirang News' Naro correspondent Song Ji-sun, who is standing by at the Naro Space Center.
Good to see you, Ji-sun.
To me, the weather looks just about perfect for a flight.
How's the weather there, and will it be good enough for a rocket launch[Reporter : ] Well, Conn-young, it's been clear and sunny throughout the week here, and the forecast for tomorrow is for clear conditions during the day and slightly cloudy conditions in the evening.
But that won't be enough to delay the scheduled launch -- which is scheduled for between 3:30 and 7 on Friday afternoon.
Scientists carried out one final pre-launch rehearsal, which started at 9:10 Thursday morning and continued for 7 hours.
The trial run involved extensive testing of the rocket, the launch pad and the tracking system that will be used to track the rocket once it takes flight.
The drill was complete at a little after 4 in the afternoon.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute will continue working through the day to analyze the proceedings and it will use that analysis to finalize the plans for tomorrow's launch.
We're expecting to get the results of their analysis sometime after 9 p.m. tonight.
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