A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory aboard, launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan on Friday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 1:37 p.m. EST (3:37 a.m. Feb. 28, local time). The GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.
This video shows GPM live launch coverage from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., featuring Aries Keck, Dalia Kirschbaum, Walt Petersen and Tom Wagner.
This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11496
Watch the two-minute launch video at: http://youtu.be/6vJCerH3AfE