Out To Launch
A defiant North Korea launched a long-range rocket...only to have it break apart and fall into the sea. It wasn't even Friday the 13th yet.
Is it that hard? With a whole nation behind the project? When I was a kid we used to launch rockets all the time. I bet if I could pick ten friends from my college days and you gave us enough money, we'd be able to come up with something long-range.
Do we have any engineers or scientists reading this blog who can explain what makes this achievement so difficult?