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JAPAN

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Launch of Rocket Aborted: The launch of Japan’s second H-2 rocket was aborted seconds before liftoff, according to a spokeswoman for the Japanese National Space Development Agency. The main engine ignited six seconds before it was to lift off Thursday, but its solid-fuel boosters failed to ignite, said agency spokeswoman Akiko Suzuki. The rockets’ failure is being investigated. A new launch date has yet to be determined, she said. The H-2 is Japan’s first rocket produced entirely from domestic technology.


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