Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

GPM satellite set to launch from Japan early Thursday afternoon

See also

The rocket which will launch NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory today has been moved to the launch pad at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The launch is scheduled for 1:37 p.m. this afternoon, Florida time, and you can watch live coverage on NASA TV starting at noon.

NASA says an engineering team from the Goddard Space Flight Center has been at Tanegashima for the past four months preparing for the launch, working with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The GPM satellite is an international project designed to provide “…next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.”

Benefits the advanced satellite systems will bring to science and society include the following, according to NASA:

  • Improved knowledge of the Earth's water cycle and its link to climate change
  • New insights into precipitation microphysics, storm structures and large-scale atmospheric processes
  • Extended capabilities in monitoring and predicting hurricanes and other extreme weather events
  • Improved forecasting abilities for natural hazards, including floods, droughts and landslides.
  • Enhanced numerical prediction skills for weather and climate
  • Better agricultural crop forecasting and monitoring of freshwater resources

Click here to visit the GPM Mission website.

Click here to watch NASA TV using Flash or Ustream.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
    Video
    Video
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
    Sports
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
    Headlines
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison
    Video
    Video