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Launch Photos: Japan's Epsilon Rocket, a Smart Booster for Space Flights

Japan's Epsilon Rocket Up Close

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Japan's Epsilon rocket, due to make its first test flight Aug. 27, 2013, is equipped with artificial intelligence to perform its own health checks before and during launch.

Epsilon Rocket Launch Site Among Trees

JAXA

Japan's Epsilon rocket, due to make its first test flight Aug. 27, 2013, is equipped with artificial intelligence to perform its own health checks before and during launch.

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