Global Precipitation Monitor Core Observatory liftoff video!

The NASA/JAXA joint mission, Global Precipitation Monitor (GPM) Core Observatory, blasted off successfully today aboard an H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center off the coast of Japan.

The GPM Core Observatory will use radar to monitor rainfall and snowfall worldwide up to the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the limits of the spacecraft’s orbit.  It joins a network of a dozen other spacecraft operated by many nations to create a common baseline for monitoring global rainfall.

Seven nanosatellites were also carried aloft on this mission and successfully deployed.

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