KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021. South Korea's first domestically built space rocket blasted off on Thursday (October 21) in a test launch that represents a major leap for the country's ambitious space plans. Yonhap via REUTERS

KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021. The Nuri, or "world", rocket is designed to put 1.5-tonne payloads into orbit 600 km to 800 km (373 miles to 497 miles) above Earth, as part of a broader space effort that envisages the launch of satellites for surveillance, navigation, and communications, and even lunar probes. Yonhap via REUTERS

KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021. Space launches have long been a sensitive issue on the Korean peninsula, where North Korea faces sanctions over its nuclear-armed ballistic missile programme. Yonhap via REUTERS

KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021. Yonhap via REUTERS

KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021.Yonhap via REUTERS

KSLV-II NURI rocket launches from its launch pad of the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, October 21, 2021. Picture taken by long exposure. Yonhap via REUTERS