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Laptop launches Japan's new rocket

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Japan's new solid-fuel rocket successfully blasted off Saturday carrying a telescope for remote observation of planets in a launch coordinated from a laptop computer-based command centre. 

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, at 2pm (0500 GMT).

Spectators cheered in Kagoshima as well as at a public viewing site in Tokyo.

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