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An M-5 rocket lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, early Wednesday and successfully put into orbit an Astro-F infrared wavelength astronomical satellite, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

The No. 8 version of the domestically produced M-5 separated from the satellite after putting it in its scheduled orbit at an altitude of about 300 km.

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