Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tonight's Sky for February 11: Japan Becomes Fourth Space-Faring Nation (1970)

It was on this date in 1970 that Japan became the fourth nation to successfully launch a satellite on its own rocket after it launched its Osumi satellite into orbit, thus becoming the fourth space-faring nation after Russia, the United States, and France. While most space programs up to that time were government-run, this launch was unique in that it was accomplished by the University of Tokyo's Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science.

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