GPM: The Road to Launch

GPM: The Road to Launch

The GPM Core Observatory has left NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and embarked upon its long journey to Japan where it will launch in early 2014. Science writer Ellen Gray and producer Michael Starobin are travelling along with the spacecraft and documenting its trip with photos, videos, and blog posts. Keep checking this page to stay updated on GPM's journey to launch. 


"GPM in Japan, the Road to Launch" Blog Posts 

GPM Doing Well, Time to Color in the Eyes - March 2nd, 2014

Duramu doll that provides good luck to the mission, with both eyes colored in.


Safe Journey, GPM! - February 27th, 2014

GPM liftoff


Clear Skies for GPM's Launch - February 26th, 2014

Weather radar at Tanegashima Space Center


Blessings for a Safe and Successful Mission - February 26th 2014

Japanese prayer ceremony for GPM


GPM’s Launch Rehearsal - February 23rd, 2014

Scientists in the JAXA launch center


Live from Tanegashima, a New Precipitation Satellite is Ready to Launch - February 22nd 2014

Billboard on Tanegashima Island


A Tanegashima Thanksgiving - December 17th 2013

Serving thanksgiving dinner in Japan


GPM in Japan: Let it Be - December 13th 2013

TRMM sticker with team signatures


GPM's Clean Room Mechanics - December 5th, 2013

Mechanics inspecting GPM


Tanegashima Outside Inside - November 30th, 2013

Launch site at Tanegashima Space Center


Satellite in the House: GPM Arrives at Tanegashima Space Center - November 29th, 2013

Barge transporting GPM Core Observatory to Tanegashima Island


Kyushu Crossing - November 28th, 2013

Map of GPM's route through Japan


Getting to Kitakyushu Airport - November 27th, 2013: 

The NASA GPM transport team in Kitakyushu, Japan, Nov 24


The Alaskan Detour - November 26th, 2013​ 

C5 in Alaska


GPM Takes its First (Air) Flight - November 26th, 2013​ 

GPM loading in C5


"To: Japan, Love: GSFC" - November 25th, 2013​

"To Japan, Love GSFC"


Press Releases

GPM's Road to Tanegashima Space Center

Ready, Set, Space! -- NASA's GPM Satellite Begins Journey

NASA Delivers Precipitation Satellite to Japan for 2014 Launch





Ellen Gray
Michael Starobin