Source: The Mercury, 18 January, 1995, p.4
Japanese space author- ities have apologised to the Australian Government for their failed rocket launch which sent a space capsule hurtling into the Pacific Ocean. It was supposed to have landed at Woomera in South Australia on Saturday putting Aust- ralia back in the space race after 25 years. The doomed capsule broke up before it was due to have flown over Mt. Isa in Queensland. Officials lost contact with the $100-million space capsule and could not command it when the launch failed. But the Australian Space Office said there had been "enormous improbability" of the craft hitting a person or object.
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