Rising on a pillar of fire and smoke an Atlas 2AS rocket carrying Superbird 6, a Japanese communications satellite, illuminates the beach as it starts the ride into orbit. Superbird 6 is designed to enhance business communications throughout Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Korea and Hawaii. This commercial launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station took place at 8:45 p.m. on 15 April 2004.
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