January 23, 2009

Japan launches greenhouse gas probe

The first greenhouse gas monitoring satellite was launched into space Friday from the space center on the Japanese island of Tanegashima.

Aboard the H2A rocket was Ibuki, the world's first greenhouse-gas monitoring satellite, and seven baby satellites, The China Post reported.

The development cost for the greenhouse-gas monitoring satellite was $206 million, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

Space agency officials said they already have selected four other piggybacks for a launch scheduled in 2011.