Failure to Launch

Anybody can make something go boom. Controlling it is hard.

Scott Pace, director of GW’s Space Policy Institute, discussing North Korea’s failed attempt at putting a satellite into orbit earlier this month.

As the story notes, the incident is a harsh reminder that getting objects aloft
is, well, rocket science. “In many ways, the worst enemy of NASA is ‘Star Trek’,” Dr. Pace said. “Captain Picard says ‘engage’ and the ship moves. And people think ‘How hard can this be?'”

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