New sensor being sent to space today by NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will measure global rain and snowfall every 3 hrs.
A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory is seen as it rolls out to launch pad 1 of the Tanegashima Space Center, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, Tanegashima, Japan. The GPM Core Observatory is proceeding toward launch scheduled for 1:37 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Final checks have been made for the operational conditions of the H-IIA launch vehicle, satellites, launch facilities, tracking and control systems, and weather conditions. Once launched, the GPM spacecraft will collect information that unifies data from an international network of existing and future satellites to map global rainfall and snowfall every three hours.