In Pictures: The Asian space industry lifts off

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An Epsilon rocket is seen on its launch pad after it passed its scheduled launch time at the Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki town, Kagoshima prefecture. Japan's first new rocket in 12 years failed to lift off in August, dealing an apparent blow to hopes that Japan might be able to muscle in on the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.

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