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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Space Failure

TOKYO -- Japan's struggling space program suffered another setback Thursday when a rocket failed to put a research satellite into orbit, the second successive such disappointment.

The three-stage M-5 rocket lifted off successfully from the Uchinoura launch site on Japan's southernmost main island, Kyushu, but veered off course and scientists later lost track of the satellite, an Education Ministry official said.

No further information was available on the fate of the errant orbiter, he said. The M-5 type rocket has been used successfully twice.