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Japanese H-2A rocket lifts off with two satellites

22 December 2017

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Two research satellites to probe Earth's climate patterns and test ion engine technology to counter atmospheric drag in an unusual low-altitude orbit launched on 23 December 2017 on top of a Japanese H-2A rocket.

The two Japanese-built spacecraft rocketed away from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on 23 December 2017 at 01:26:22 GMT (8:26:22 p.m. EST Friday) inside the H-2A's payload fairing.

Source: Spaceflight Now

Image credit: JAXA - A Japanese H-2A rocket lifts off at 01:26:22 GMT Saturday (8:26:22 p.m. EST Friday) from the Tanegashima Space Center

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