Steins;Gate's White Fox Makes Anime Short for Space Satellite
posted on by Egan Loo
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) opened a website for the GPM/DPR satellite project on Friday and began streaming a seven-minute anime short. White Fox, the studio that animated Steins;Gate, produced the short.
GPM/DPR stands for Global Precipitation Measurement/Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar — the satellites will observe rainfall and snowfall across virtually the entire world and probe for the mechanism behind Earth's precipitation cycle. Before March 2014, NASA and JAXA will launch the GPM project's core spacecraft on an H-II rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center. As planned, the onboard Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar will be able to make a precipitation map of the entire world in three hours.
The anime short was produced to send NASA (and all of the United States) to get the youth generation interested in space. JAXA has worked hand-in-hand with the anime industry before. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide recorded a voice-acting cameo for the Space Brothers anime from the International Space Station last year. The agency also collaborated on three Galaxy Express 999 3D anime shorts, as well as on Robotics;Notes and Rocket Girls.
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