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Japan launches quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki

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The quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki

TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Thursday launched the quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki from the Tanegashima Space Center in the southern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima.

An H-IIA rocket carrying the satellite lifted off at 9:17 a.m.

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