US-Japan satellite to study global rain

US-Japan satellite to study global rain

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US: A new satellite built by NASA and its Japanese counterpart will be launched next month on a mission to study rain and snow around the world. “The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) will help scientists monitor the formation of clouds and improve weather forecasts. The mission is the first network to provide international satellite observations of rain and snow every three hours anywhere in the globe. The data will be used by scientists to study climate change, freshwater resources, water floods and droughts, as well as training and tracking hurricanes," said a NASA spokesperson.

The satellite was flown from the US to Japan and its launch is scheduled from Tanegashima, JAXA Space Center on February 27. The GPM Core Observatory will orbit the Earth at a height of 253 miles and after the first two months of its launch, its data will be conveyed to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and distributed online.

Source: Phys org