Uchinoura Space Center, Kimotsuki-cho

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#2 of 6 in Childrens Museums in Kagoshima Prefecture
The Uchinoura Space Center is a space launch facility close to the Japanese town of Kimotsuki, in Kagoshima Prefecture. Before the establishment of the JAXA space agency in 2003, it was simply called the Kagoshima Space Center. All Japan's scientific satellites were launched from Uchinoura prior to the M-V launch vehicles being decommissioned in 2006. It continues to be used for suborbital launches, and has also been used for the Epsilon orbital launch vehicle. Additionally, the center has antennas for communication with interplanetary space probes.HistoryEstablished in February 1962, the Kagoshima Space Center was constructed on the Pacific coast of Kagoshima Prefecture at Uchinoura for the purpose of launching large rockets with probe payloads. Prior to establishment of KSC, test launches of the Pencil Rocket, Baby Rocket and Kappa Rocket had been performed at the pioneering Akita rocket test facility from the mid-1950s to the 1960s. However, progress in rocket development and larger launch vehicles required a site with more expansive down range than the narrow Sea of Japan. After consideration of various candidate sites, Uchinoura in Kagoshima Prefecture, fronting the Pacific Ocean, was selected. At 31° 15' north latitude and 131° 05' east longitude, and situated in hilly terrain, the site at first glance does not appear to be exceptional; however, landscape engineering resulted in a launch facility which maximizes the unique terrain features of the site.
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  • Children around hilarity. Tourist facilities are old and broken, unfortunately. Later, bee was scary. Model of the Epsilon launch pad wanted to sell souvenirs.
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  • Was surprised at the scale of amenities such as full-sized rocket launchers and parabolic antenna. However, it was still is seen and museum exhibit is still broken, I went somewhere. You can become a pay now puts free of charge, but a little bit more prepared, more attractions if.
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  • You can ride around the Uchinoura Space space observation Office. Rocket launcher visible stars months mine Observatory and telescope are worth seeing. In Hiroyuki Miura Beach looks on a sunny day is great. Nice to visit the Museum to learn the history of space exploration will be pictures travel photos that where taken
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  • As an educator who went for a space academy for educators in the US, i was particularly interested to know more about the Japan Space and rocket launch history. There were only two life sized rockets on display at the smaller launch pad higher up the mountain. Fantastic scenery of the ocean and hills from the top. The museum is a thin downward spiral as it plots the progress of the Japanese rocket and satellite launches. It's informative with actual used rocket parts and satellite models on display. However, there's a lack of English write ups on the boards. Best of all it is free. It takes about 2 hours to reach the site from Kirishima.
  • After really confused how I came about to visit. In the car put up next to the launch site.
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  • Can easily launch pad if you apply for at the reception free of charge, can I get a tour of facilities, satellite dish, museums and explore the
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  • So I went out in the winter cold, but it was interesting. Uchinoura, human interaction, see the notes and a little impressed. The photo is the appearance.
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  • Land space development originated in Japan. One of the few in the world of rocket-launching sites.
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