(NSI News Source Info) April 5, 2009: A North Korean rocket fails to put a satellite into orbit, US and South Korean officials say, hours after the North claims success. A South Korean man watch a TV news program on the North Korean rocket launch at an electron market in Seoul, Sunday, April 5, 2009. North Korea fired a rocket over Japan on Sunday, defying Washington, Tokyo and others who suspect the launch was cover for a test of its long-range missile technology. The letters on the screen read, "Japan immediately requested a Security Council meeting at the United Nation".
Whatever North Korea launched aboard its rocket, the payload did not make it into orbit, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said today. "Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan.
The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," NORAD said in a statement. NORAD said no object entered orbit.