North Korea Satellite Unstable

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Perhaps North Korea should leave space exploration to the rest of the world. U.S. officials have announced that the satellite-type object North Korea sent into space Thursday is “tumbling out of control.” Well, that’s reassuring. Officials are also unsure what exactly the spacecraft is supposed to do, though North Korea claims it is meant to orbit pole-to-pole. The launch has been widely criticized (even by the country’s main ally China) and the United Nations has called the launch  a “clear violation” of U.N. resolutions.