For the first time in history, South Korea has successfully launched a satellite from its own country into space.
The launch caps years of effort, according to one Associated Press report, and comes on the heels of North Korea’s own rocket launch, in December. The nation already had satellites in space, but they were launched from other countries — Japan, the United States and Russia.
“I’m proud we have entered the ranks of satellite powers,” said one South Korean at the scene of the coastal village launch, according to The Associated Press.
South Korean officials are tracking the satellite and should know today if its observation technology is working.