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Nasa rocket to seek hidden cosmic objects

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A Nasa satellite designed to uncover hidden cosmic objects has launched in California.

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (Wise) blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Delta II rocket just after 1409 GMT.

The probe is expected to uncover objects previously unseen comets, asteroids and stars.

Pallab Ghosh reports

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