NASA satellite launches successfully from Tanagashima Space Center in Japan at 1:37 p.m.

TANEGASHIMA, Japan - NASA successfully launched a satellite into space Thursday afternoon from the Tanegashima Space Center in Tanegashima, Japan.

The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory aboard the H-IIA rocket rolled out to the launch pad early Thursday and took off at 1:37 p.m. EST.

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) will observe rain and snow worldwide from space every three hours. The data is expected to provide a deeper understanding of water and energy cycles on earth, according to NASA officials.

 

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