Shipping a satellite by air, land and sea!

GPM C5 Cargo Plane Shipping CrewThe Global Precipitation Management (GPM) C-5 cargo plane shipping crew showcased NASA’s Best Place to Work achievement after arriving in Kitakyushu, Japan. The GPM Core Observatory is a satellite (inside the container in the background of the picture) that launched from Tanegashima, Japan on February 28, 2014 at 3:37am (Japan time). Its objective is to measure precipitation (rain, snow, hail) around the globe in order to help study our climate, as well as provide valuable information that will help manage the consequences of too much precipitation or too little precipitation.