Shooting for the heavens

A Japanese rocket that fired a weather satellite into space yesterday was decked in colourful manga artwork originally drawn by Chuya Koyama - known for his comic book on two brothers who dream of becoming astronauts - in a bid to raise awareness in
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A Japanese rocket that fired a weather satellite into space yesterday was decked in colourful manga artwork originally drawn by Chuya Koyama - known for his comic book on two brothers who dream of becoming astronauts - in a bid to raise awareness in children of the wonders of the universe.

The H-IIA rocket carrying a Himawari-9 weather satellite blasted into a cloudy sky at the Tanegashima Space Centre in the southern Kagoshima prefecture of Japan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2016, with the headline 'Shooting for the heavens'. Print Edition | Subscribe