South Korea's first ever space rocket lifted off into space from the nation's launch pad on Tuesday, carrying a scientific satellite into the orbit.

The rocket, the Korea Space Launce Vehicle-1 (KSLC-1) blasted off into space at 5pm, from the Naro Space Center, southwest of Seoul.

According the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, which headed the launch, the scientific satellite will separate from the rocket 540 seconds after blastoff, at an altitude of 2,055km and deploy its solar panels.

Mission controllers will be able to make the first contact with the satellite about 11 to 13 hours after its launch.

[via KoreaTimes]