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US-Japan satellite to study global rain, snow

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:36 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A new satellite built by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and its Japanese counterpart is poised to launch next month on a mission to study rain and snow around the world, the United States (US) space agency said on Monday.

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory aims to help scientists peer inside clouds and improve weather and climate forecasts.

The mission is "the first coordinated international satellite network to provide near real-time observations of rain and snow every three hours anywhere on the globe," Nasa said.

"The data will be used by scientists to study climate change, freshwater resources, floods and droughts, and hurricane formation and tracking," it added.

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