DHAKA: A Japanese H-IIB rocket blasted off to deliver an unmanned supplies vessel to the International Space Station.
The rocket lifted off from the southern island of Tanegashima on schedule at 11:06 am (0206 GMT) on Saturday, according to live images relayed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The rocket is carrying a cargo vessel called "konotori" (stork in Japanese), containing supplies such as food, clothing and tools necessary for experiments to be done in space.
The rocket soared into an overcast sky and should release the cargo vessel about 15 minutes after the launch.
The cargo should reach the International Space Station, where Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide is staying, on July 27.
BDST: 0950 HRS, July 21, 2012
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