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GPM Prepares to Ship

GPM Prepares to Ship
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Members of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., make final preparations to the satellite in a clean room -

- shortly before GPM was placed in a transportation container for its 7,300-mile trip to the launch site at Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.

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Our Wet Wide World (GPM Overview)

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As anyone who has ever been caught in a sudden and unexpected downpour knows, gaps still exist in our knowledge about the behavior and movement of precipitation, clouds and storms. An upcoming satellite mission from NASA and the Japanese Space Agency aims to fill in those gaps both in coverage and in scientists' understanding of precipitation. 

JAXA Launches GCOM-W1 Satellite

Congratulations to our partner, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), for the successful launch yesterday of the Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water (GCOM-W1). GCOM-W1 carries the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) which successfully deployed its antenna on orbit. AMSR2 will detect microwave radiation to measure sea surface temperature, sea surface wind speed, sea ice concentration, snow depth, soil moisture, water vapor, cloud liquid water, and precipitation.

Handover of Japan-built Radar to NASA

By Ellen Gray, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Original www.nasa.gov Press Release (published 4/3/12)


On March 30, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officially handed off a new satellite instrument to NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) was designed and built by JAXA and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NTSpace).

Handover of Japan-built Radar to NASA

NASA and JAXA officials at the DPR signing event

By Ellen Gray, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Original www.nasa.gov Press Release (published 4/3/12)


On March 30, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officially handed off a new satellite instrument to NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) was designed and built by JAXA and Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

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