Japan lost a $105 million x-ray astronomy satellite it built in cooperation with NASA yesterday when an M-5 three-stage solid-fuel rocket failed to place it in the proper orbit. In addition to a Japanese x-ray telescope, x-ray camera and hard x-ray detector, the Astro-E satellite carried a $40 million x-ray spectrometer supplied by NASA, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. space agency. The M-5 lifted off from the Kagoshima Space Center at 10:30 a.m. local time ...


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