Last update: September 21st, 2019 at 2:52 pm
The launch vehicle for the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission’s Core Observatory arrived at Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, local time. The Japanese H-IIA rocket, No. 23, has two stages that arrived by cargo freighter the previous evening. They were then trucked across the island in the middle of the night when no cars were on the road.
This photograph shows the shipping container of the rocket’s first stage as it is lifted off of the cargo freighter.
Credit: NASA/Warren Schultzaburger