|Launch vehicle||M 5|
|Launch site||Kagoshima Space Centre, Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan|
|Description||First stage failure|
|Payload||Astro E (X-ray observatory, NASDA, Japan)|
|Desired orbit||circular, approximately 550 kilometers|
Officials with Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science blamed a crack in a first-stage engine nozzle for the failure. The rocket veered off course and lost speed.