Artist's impression of the GPM Core Observatory due to launch on February 27th (Image: NASA)
GPM's shipping container being unloaded from the U.S. Air Force C-5 cargo plane that carried it to Japan (Photo: NASA)
NASA is set to launch a new satellite designed to take detailed, near real-time measurements of rain and snowfall on a global scale whilst mapping the interior of storm systems. The Core Observatory of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) has been in development since 2005 and is a collaboration project between NASA and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). The satellite is due to be launched on the Japanese manufactured H-IIA delivery vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Tanegashima Island, Japan, on February 27.
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