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Launch of Russian-Built Korean Rocket Called Off, Again

SEOUL — South Korea canceled the launch of its first space rocket on Thursday after a glitch in the propulsion system halted the countdown just minutes before the scheduled lift-off.

It was South Korea's third attempt to put a rocket into orbit and the second time this particular mission has failed.

October's scheduled launch was also called off due to a glitch in the Russian-built booster. No new launch schedule has been set.

Thursday's glitch was in the thrust vector control in the upper second stage of the rocket that guides the propulsion of the vehicle, launch officials said.

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