North Korea’s Newest Satellite Flew Over The Super Bowl Stadium
Last night one of North Korea’s satellites flew over Levi Stadium, according to the Associate Press. Unfortunately they were an hour late to catch the game, but everyone knows that Kim Jong-un is a bigger basketball fan anyways.
North Korea has launched Kwangmyongsong, aka “Shining Star,” satellites over the years, causing many concerned countries (including the U.S.) to speculate that the launches were a front for nuclear missile testing. Pyongyang argued that the purpose of the orbiting satellites are to monitor the weather patterns, map natural resources and forest distributions and provide data that might help farmers.
While North Korea claims to have made four total launch attempts, the official count of orbiting satellites by NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, is two. One went into orbit in 2012, but the newest one was appropriately launched on Super Bowl Sunday.
Both satellites (which orbit the earth in about 94 minutes) have made it to NORAD’s official list, despite the fact that signals from either have yet to be detected.
“I would put it down to nothing more than a coincidence, but an interesting one,” tech watcher Martyn Williams said of Super Bowl sighting, in a statement to the AP.
Weirdly enough, it’s a coincidence that went down more than once in space last night. It’s a small world, indeed.