Muses B launched

Allen Thomson (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 06:27:25 -0800

TOKYO, Feb. 12 1997(UPI)
 Japan has launched a radio telescope satellite  into orbit with 
the world's largest solid-fuel rocket, the Education 
Ministry's Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science says. 
	The rocket lifted off at 1:58 p.m., about eight minutes behind  
scheule, from a launch pad in the town of Uchinoura (``oo'cheeNOH'ohOOra 
``), on Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island. 
	The 830-kilogram (1,830 pound) Muses-B satellite separated from the  
rocket and was put into elliptical orbit around the Earth. 
	The satellite was placed in orbit with an apogee height of 20,000  
kilometers (12,427 miles) and a perigee height of 1,000 km (621 miles) 
to observe radio sources such as quasars and masers.