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Japan successfully launches Epsilon-4 rocket with 7 satellites

Japan successfully launches Epsilon-4 rocket with 7 satellites”

A Japanese firm is set to launch a satellite which would carry out a series of experiments to pave the way to for the world's first artificial meteor shower which would rain down on Earth soon if everything goes as planned. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA shouldered the cost of the launch, which adds up to roughly United States dollars 50 million, to encourage space exploration by the private sector, reports NHK World.

Six other satellites were aboard the rocket, and all of them were released at about 310 miles (500 kilometers) above Earth.

With demand growing globally for small satellites, JAXA hopes its Epsilon rockets that are specially created to carry such satellites at a lower cost will attract orders from other companies like ALE. The satellite has 400 tiny balls whose formula has been kept under the wraps. "I feel like now the hard work is ahead".

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Epsilon-4 rocket carrying seven satellites launched successfully from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Friday.

That should be enough for 20-30 events, as one shower will involve up to 20 stars, according to the company. A luminous tail. Any artificial shooting Star light for several seconds, and in a variety of colors so bright that they should even be on cities such as Tokyo. Hiroshima is chosen as the first location because of its good weather, landscape, and cultural assets.

ALE is working in collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities as well as local government officials and corporate sponsors. Tomorrow a Japanese company will move a step closer to producing artificial meteor showers visible for 120 miles to an audience of millions.



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