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Japan's Venus mission lifts off

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Japan has launched its first Venus probe satellite, for a two-year mission.

An H-IIA rocket carrying the Venus climate orbiter called Akatsuki blasted off from a Japanese space centre in Kagoshima, southern Japan.

Television pictures showed the vehicle lifting off and heading into space, jettisoning its solid-fuel boosters on the way and finally letting slip the much smaller probe.

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