The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its Hayabusa-2 asteroid explorer atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA launch vehicle from Tanegashima Space Center Dec. 3 at 1:22 p.m. Japan Standard Time. "The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at approximately one hour, 47 minutes and 21 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the Hayabusa-2 to earth-escape trajectory was confirmed," JAXA said. The agency added that the launch success rate for its H-IIA/B rockets now ...

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