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Japanese H-IIA rocket successfully launches the GPM (Global Precipitation Mission) Core Satellite from Tanegashima Space Centre

(courtesy NASA) This joint NASA/JAXA satellite will measure rain and snowfall from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle, and serve as the calibration standard for the other members of the precipitation constellation. http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/02/japanese-h-iia-rocket-gpm-core/

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GPM launch carried a second satellite: an experimental Japanese satellite (STARS-2) that will test a concept to clean up space debris

(image courtesy JAXA) “Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to test space cleanup Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite-2 is designed to harness space debris and make orbital lanes safe for exploration” http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/27/scientists-japan-stars-2-satellite-orbit-space-debris

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