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Geostationary Meteorological Satellite Himawari
Himawari or Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS), was a series of Japanese weather satellites operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The first GMS satellite, Himawari 1 (“himawari” or “ひまわり” meaning “sunflower”), was launched on 14 July 1977 from Cape Canaveral. The fifth and final satellite was launched 18 March 1995 from Tanegashima. The satellites were replaced by the Multi-Functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT) series.