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TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Pref. (Kyodo) The space agency successfully launched a domestically made H-IIA rocket Tuesday carrying a land-observation satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The No. 8 version of the H-IIA carrying the Advanced Land Observing Satellite, nicknamed Daichi, lifted off at 10:33 a.m. as scheduled, and the satellite was successfully separated at around 10:50 a.m. at an altitude of about 700 km, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

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