What inspires someone to devote a career to pushing the boundaries of earth into space? In a roundtable discussion soon after successful launch of H-IIA rocket No.30, some key experts in the field looked back to their individual origins while looking ahead to the future.
Early on a rainy February morning, on the seaside launch pad of a remote Japanese island, Mitsubishi H-IIA rocket No. 30 is awaiting its rendezvous with destiny. Once successfully placed into orbit, a satellite began its mission in space while far below the rocket launch team celebrated yet another in a growing list of successful launches.