Japanese rocket launches satellite to observe universe

A Japanese rocket carrying the astronomy observation satellite ‘Hitomi’ launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Wednesday. The satellite, also known as ‘ASTRO-H’ of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is designed to detect a wide range of wavelengths, such as X-rays and gamma rays. Hitomi is to study the structure and evolution of the universe, as well as the formation and evolution of black holes.