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Japan successfully launches intelligence satellite

TANEGASHIMA, Japan, March 26 — Japan successfully launched Thursday morning a rocket carrying a backup optical satellite for the government's intelligence gathering program.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-2A rocket with an advanced ground-monitoring satellite at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Currently, Japan has two radar satellites and two optical satellites in operation, which are able to collect images of any point on the ground at least once a day.(PNA/Kyodo)

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