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NASA and JAXA launch mission to measure global precipitation

A rocket containing the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 3:37 a.m. Japan Standard Time Friday. The GPM satellite, a joint-effort between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, will be used to measure rain and snow around the world and collect data that will allow scientists to to better understand Earth’s weather and climate cycles.

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