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Tansei (たんせい), also known as Tonsei, is the name of the second Japanese artificial satellite which was put into orbit.[1]

The launch was a project of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the University of Tokyo. The name of the satellite means "light blue", which is the school color of the University of Tokyo.[2]

The satellite was sent into orbit on February 16, 1971.[3]

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  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ōsumi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 762.
  2. "Japan's Satellite Transmits," New York Times. February 18, 1971; retrieved 2012-4-16.
  3. JAXA, "Catalogue of ISAS Missions" Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-2.

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