Rocket: H-2A
Payload: Akatsuki
Date: May 20, 2010
Time: 2158:22 GMT (5:58:22 p.m. EDT)
Site: Launch Pad 1, Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

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By Stephen Clark

Welcome to Spaceflight Now's live coverage of the launch of Japan's H-2A rocket with the Akatsuki probe bound for Venus. Text updates will appear automatically; there is no need to reload the page. Follow us on Twitter.

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Photo credit: JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita