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UCHINOURA, Kagoshima Pref. — In another serious blow to Japan’s space program, an M-5 rocket carrying an astronomical observation satellite failed Thursday to reach its expected orbit.
The rocket was supposed to reach an orbit of between 270 km and 550 km from Earth after lifting off at 10:30 a.m. from Kagoshima Space Center in Uchinoura, Kagoshima Prefecture, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science said.

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