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An Epsilon rocket blasts off into space from the launching pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima prefecture

An Epsilon rocket blasts off into space from the launching pad at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 14, 2013. Japan's first new rocket in 12 years lifted off on Saturday, after two setbacks last month, keeping alive hopes that the country may eventually be able to enter the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (JAPAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES

Japan launches next-generation rocket

Japan launched Epsilon, its new, cheaper rocket, into space on Sept. 14, following a two-week delay.