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ASTRO-H satellite

An H-2A rocket carrying the ASTRO-H satellite, developed in collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and other groups, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan on February 17, 2016. Japan successfully launched a jointly developed space observation satellite on February 17 tasked with studying mysterious black holes, the country’s space agency said. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS