The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission starts NOW, be a part of the science!

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is a joint satellite mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) set to launch February 27th, 2014.  The mission will consist of a network of satellites, orbiting Earth to collect rain, snow and other precipitation data worldwide every three hours.  This new expansive dataset will advance our understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles and improve forecasting and model prediction capabilities.

Your classroom can be a part of the GPM mission from the start.  NASA has created Precipitation Education resources supporting GPM, providing students and educators with hands-on activities, science content, and related multimedia.

The GPM Core Observatory satellite will launch between 1:07-3:07pm EST (6:07pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center Japan. Tune into NASA TV starting at 12pm EST to watch the launch live.  Kick off the fun by hosting your own Launch Party or education Rain EnGAUGE event!


For extension activities related to GPM observations please visit the following resources:

The CERES S’COOL Project

NASA LaRC Education Project geared towards formal (K-12) and informal education, involving participants in real world science by helping NASA Scientists answer the CERES research question, “ How do clouds affect the Earth’s weather and climate”.

The GLOBE Program

International Educational and Science program providing data collection protocols, activities, and data reporting around 5 scientific investigation areas.


NASA LaRC Education Project housing the Live Access Server, a NASA data visualization tool containing over 149 parameters in atmospheric and earth science from five NASA scientific projects.

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