H-2A rocket moves to launch pad

A Japanese H-2A rocket rolled on rail tracks from its assembly hangar to the launch pad for liftoff Thursday with a satellite to investigate Earth's water cycle and a South Korean payload to snap high-resolution pictures of the ground.

Liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan is set for 1639 GMT (12:39 p.m. EDT) at the opening of a three-minute window.

See our Mission Status Center for the latest news on the launch.

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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