22 August, 2014 / Shawwal 25, 1435

Japan's new solid-fuel rocket lifts off into the air from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu on September 14, 2013. Japan's new solid-fuel rocket successfully blasted off carrying a telescope for remote observation of planets in a launch coordinated from a laptop computer-based command centre.

Japan's new solid-fuel Epsilon rocket lifts off. – Photo by AFP
Japan's new solid-fuel Epsilon rocket lifts off. – Photo by AFP
 Japan hopes this new rocket will become competitive in the global space business. – Photo by AFP
Japan hopes this new rocket will become competitive in the global space business. – Photo by AFP
Guests gather to watch a projected live transmission of the launch. – Photo by AFP
Guests gather to watch a projected live transmission of the launch. – Photo by AFP
Guests react to the live transmission of the launch. – Photo by AFP
Guests react to the live transmission of the launch. – Photo by AFP
The launch took place at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town. – Photo by AFP
The launch took place at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town. – Photo by AFP
The Epsilon rocket launch was coordinated from a laptop computer-based command centre. – Photo by AFP
The Epsilon rocket launch was coordinated from a laptop computer-based command centre. – Photo by AFP
The new rocket was carrying a telescope for the remote observation of planets. – Photo by  AFP
The new rocket was carrying a telescope for the remote observation of planets. – Photo by AFP

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