AKARI (ASTRO-F) launched!!
The ASTRO-F satellite aboard the M-V Launch Vehicle No. 8 (M-V-8) has been launched at 6:28 a.m. on February 22, 2006 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Uchinoura Space Center (USC).
The ASTRO-F was given a nickname of "AKARI" (meaning a "light").
Photo: M-V-8 launch