Japan’s H3 rocket mission fails once again, ordered to self-destruct

Japan’s H3 rocket mission fails once again, ordered to self-destruct

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Japan’s H3 rocket mission fails once again, ordered to self-destruct

The decision was made after the agency’s experts had come to the conclusion that the mission would not succeed

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ordered its flagship H3 rocket to self-destruct after its second-stage engine failed to ignite, the agency said during a live broadcast on Tuesday.

The decision was made after the agency’s experts had come to the conclusion that the mission could not succeed.

The rocket, 63 meters tall and 5.2 meters in diameter, blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center earlier on Tuesday following an aborted launch on February 17. The rocket was expected to deliver Japan’s ALOS-3 disaster management land observation satellite to orbit.