Japan launches rocket carrying asteroid probe

December 3, 2014 6:40 AM

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Japan launches rocket carrying asteroid probe

TOKYO: Japan on Wednesday launched a rocket carrying a space probe destined for a distant asteroid, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet.

The H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Space Center in the south of the country at 1:22 pm (0422 GMT) after delays due to bad weather.

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