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At around 09:50 local time, JAXA launched the Epsilon-6 rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center in southwest Kagoshima province.
The 26-meter-long, 95-ton rocket, which was carrying eight satellites for both military and commercial uses, self-destructed while it was moving following the launch.
According to the agency, the rocket was instructed to be lost when it became clear that it had issues during ascent and would not even stay on a safe track.
No damage was found in the area following the rocket’s destruction, according to a ministry of education, culture, sports, science, and technology official.