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Uchinoura Space Center, Kimotsuki-cho

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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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  •  First stop the car at the parking lot in front of the guard permits to get into car site. Watching the rockets a huge antenna, launch pad, actual surroundings and watch Museum at the end. Guaranteed two visitor cards and answer the questionnaire. It was free.
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  • Institute, has observed the universe alone, and is thrilled. First enter the list at the reception desk. You can move by car after extensive grounds. You can see that rocket launchers, usually see facility, is very exciting. Rockets were launched in the past to the library's achievements can be traced, so I can. Will be celebrating good can get a Memorial card and answer the questionnaire,
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  • Though it was going to go to Kanoya, arrived by ferry from Osaka shibushi knew the existence of this facility on road signs, has a big detour is to inspect the facilities, staff was wonderful. I think osumi peninsula east of must-see tourist destination, enjoy fantastic views staff.
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  • I remembered the scary impression. ... Thank you so much for the future. Students felt like in dreams. Now the Kokura high school sophomore. I want ❗ to pass the University of Tokyo.
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  • This is wonderful! Facility and Museum admission! Closer distance to the universe. Rocket launch, I saw with my own eyes!
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  • In passable by car, bike, and also all Museum staff ✨ would enjoy for the first time how to / (* ́ω ' *) / ✨ requires attention not just nearby shops ('-ω-be)
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  • Barrier-free information: in the spiral-shaped Museum, visitors in wheelchairs is impossible. Other buildings is the closest wheelchair approaching.
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  • If you was put in by car or motorbike. Very good views. Interpretive Center. It is good to go. Free of charge.
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