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Japan launches first lunar orbiter
2007-09-14 11:21

The rocket carrying the three-tonne SELENE orbiter is pictured blasting off from the island of Tanegashima, about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, September 14, 2007. Japan's space agency launched its much-delayed lunar probe Friday, beginning what it calls the largest mission to the moon since the US Apollo flights. [Reuters]


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