The GPM Core Observatory is launched aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center last week (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the NASA-JAXA GPM Core Observatory rolls out to launch pad 1 at the Tanegashima Space Center (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory was launched last Thursday aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket that blasted off from Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island in southern Japan. Weighing in at 4-ton, the GPM is the largest spacecraft ever built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and will help provide a more detailed picture of the Earth's precipitation to assist climate scientists and help improve forecasting of extreme weather events.
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