Thursday, February 27, 2014

Japanese H-IIA Rocket Scheduled For Launch Today From Japan

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA

A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory is seen as it rolls out to launch pad 1 of the Tanegashima Space Center, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan.

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The GPM Core Observatory is proceeding toward launch scheduled for 1:37 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

 Final checks have been made for the operational conditions of the H-IIA launch vehicle, satellites, launch facilities, tracking and control systems, and weather conditions. Once launched, the GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.

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