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People watch the launch of Nuri on TV at a Seoul railway station on Oct. 21. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

South Korea launched its first domestically produced space rocket on Thursday but failed to deliver a test satellite into orbit after the rocket's final stage shut down early, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: The test of its Nuri — or "world" — rocket was a major step forward for South Korea, an up-and-coming space power, but shows that it still has room for improvement in future trials.

  • South Korea is among the countries that are expected to achieve space travel and develop domestic space agencies in the near future.

What they're saying: "Unfortunately, we did not fully reach our goal," South Korean President Moon Jae-in said after watching the launch, according to a transcript viewed by Reuters.

  • "It's not long before we'll be able to launch it exactly into the target trajectory," he added. "The 'Korea Space Age' is approaching."

The big picture: Space is set to become more congested over the next decades as more countries, such as South Korea, and companies gain the ability to regularly access it and as economies become more reliant on space-based technologies.

  • South Korea hopes to use its space program to develop new surveillance, navigation and communications systems and for space exploration, according to Reuters.

Go deeper: A whole new ballgame in space

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Nov 23, 2021 - Science

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to send Michael Strahan to space

“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan at the 90th Academy Awards in March 2018. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin announced Tuesday it will send former NFL player and “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan to space along with another honorary guest and four paying customers during an upcoming flight.

Why it matters: The mission, set for Dec. 9, will add the list of celebrities Blue Origin has flown into suborbital space in high-profile launches, coming just weeks after the company carried actor William Shatner and three other astronauts during its second human mission.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Updated Nov 24, 2021 - Science

NASA probe launches on mission to redirect an asteroid

Photo: NASA

A NASA spacecraft called DART has launched on a journey to change the orbit of an asteroid in deep space.

Why it matters: The mission is designed to test technology that could one day be used to change the course of a dangerous asteroid if one is ever found on a collision course with Earth.

Updated 12 hours ago - Technology

From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.