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Images: North Korea's Rocket and Missile Program

North Korea's Unha-2 Rocket in Space

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (www.agi.com)

Computer-generated image of North Korea's Unha-2 rocket streaking through space. The Unha-2 launched in April 2009 carrying a satellite; Western officials say the rocket failed and the satellite fell into the ocean, while North Korean officials claim the satellite reached orbit.

Third Stage of North Korea's Unha-2 Rocket, with Satellite

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (www.agi.com)

Computer illustration of the third stage of North Korea's Unha-2 rocket, along with its satellite payload. Unha-2 blasted off in April 2009; Western experts say the third stage failed and the satellite pitched into the Pacific Ocean.

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