Astro-F, formerly known as IRIS (Infrared Imaging Surveyor), was under development since 1997. After many delays, it was finally launched into a sun-synchronous, 745-km-high, polar orbit by an M-5 rocket from Uchinoura Space Center on Feb. 21, 2006.
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