Obviously the whole topic has political sides, and the possibility of insulting people. Personally I think the world would be simpler and there would be one less danger for the future if North Korea did not develop missiles that can reach Low Earth Orbit... but just simply looking at what happened: They built a three stage missile, and the first stage seems to have worked. If we look back 50+ years ago to when the US was trying to launch its first few satellites, we also had some failures. I'm sure we were not secretly trying to explore the sea bed with project Vanguard. I don't think the failure of this launch attempt says anything particularly good or bad about the scientists, engineers, and technicians who built it.
Originally Posted by Jens
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