• NEW JAPANESE SATELLITE TO BE USED FOR MAPPING

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    TOKYO: Japan is scheduled to launch a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rain forests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be released by the nation’s H-IIA rocket, which will lift off shortly after noon 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). ALOS-2 will be able to monitor scars left by natural disasters as well as progress made in reconstruction, JAXA said. The service is important for Japan, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences 20 percent of all major earthquakes felt by humans every year. Memories are still fresh of the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011, which released a killer tsunami that destroyed the northern Pacific coast and triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    AFP

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