North Korea’s New Satellite Flew Over The Super Bowl

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So, I guess this is kind of newsworthy.

North Korea’s new satellite, which I imagine has the technical capabilities of a modern-day toaster, flew over Santa Clara last night right after the Super Bowl. I don’t know whether to be concerned or amused — which is a consistent theme with news stemming from our friends over in Pyongyang.

From ABC News:

Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit.

Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or “Shining Star,” satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi’s Stadium about an hour after the Super Bowl ended.

“It passed almost directly overhead Silicon Valley, which is where I am and where the stadium is,” tech watcher Martyn Williams said in an email to The Associated Press. “The pass happened at 8:26 p.m., after the game. I would put it down to nothing more than a coincidence, but an interesting one.”

The game in Santa Clara, California, ended at 7:25 p.m. local time.

North Korea claims Sunday’s successful satellite launch was its fourth.

The first two have never been confirmed by anyone else, but experts worldwide agree it got one into orbit in 2012 and NORAD, which is hardly a propaganda mouthpiece for Pyongyang, now has both that and the satellite launched on Sunday on its official satellite list.

Kwangmyongsong 4, the satellite launched Sunday, has the NORAD catalog number 41332 and Kwangmyongsong 3-2, launched in 2012, is 39026. They are described as Earth observation satellites, and weigh about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) apiece.

Their main applications, according to Pyongyang, are monitoring the weather, mapping natural resources and forest distributions and providing data that might help farmers improve their crops.

“Coincidence.” Sure. Okay.

We know our man Kim Jong-un love sports. Perhaps his satellite TV gave out during the game and he tried to get a feed from his own satellite? I honestly would not be surprised if that was the case. Absurdity knows no bounds with these people. And Kim Jong-un would totally be a bandwagon Peyton Manning fan, just like his dad was with Michael Jordan.

Are we supposed to hate North Korea like we hate Iran and other countries that pose real threats? I know they commit heinous crimes against their people, but I can’t help but chuckle every time these guys are in the news. They are physically weak specimens that look like minions from Despicable Me and have a thirst for world domination. Aw.

If you haven’t yet, I’d encourage you all to watch the Vice documentary about Dennis Rodman’s trip to Pyongyang. It’s one of the funniest, weirdest, most fucked up things I’ve ever seen. It kinda makes me want to go to North Korea.

Democracy is overrated. We should seriously consider the benefits of an authoritarian regime. I wouldn’t mind a little more uniformity in my life.

[via ABC News]

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