A clean launch on the fourth mission of the H-IIA medium-lift rocket appears to have put Japan back in business studying global climatic change, particularly global warming. The Dec. 14, 10:31 a.m. launch from the National Space Development Agency's Tanegashima space center put the second Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (Adeos-2) into a 500-mi. high polar orbit. The orbital placement "attained our objective almost perfectly," said NASDA Managing Director Hideichiro Yamanouchi. There ...


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