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Emily LakdawallaMay 18, 2010

Akatsuki and IKAROS new launch date set

According to the Akatsuki Twitter feed, the next try for launch of Akatsuki and IKAROS will be Thursday, May 20, at 21:58:22 UTC -- that's May 21 at 6:58:22 JST and May 20 at 2:58 in the afternoon my time.

The rocket has been drained of its fuel, and is being rolled back to its Vehicle Assembly Building.

Read more: IKAROS, mission status, Akatsuki (Planet-C)

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