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Japanese rocket blasts off for space station

21 July 2012 Last updated at 09:08 BST

A Japanese rocket has blasted off to deliver an unmanned supplies vessel to the International Space Station.

The rocket lifted off into an overcast sky from the southern island of Tanegashima.

The cargo should reach the International Space Station, where the Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is onboard, next Friday.