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11/02/1970 Japan becomes the world’s fourth space power

Ōsumi is the name of the first Japanese satellite put into orbit, named after the Ōsumi Province in the southern islands of Japan. It was launched with a Lambda 4S-5 rocket from Uchinoura Space Center. Japan became the fourth nation after the USSR, the United States and France to release an artificial satellite into successful orbit on its own.