Global Precipitation Measurement
|Major contractors||Ball Aerospace|
|Mission type||Earth Systematic Missions|
|Launch date||February 14, 2014 (planned)|
Global Precipitation Measurement is a joint mission between JAXA and NASA as well as other international agencies to frequently (every 3 hours) measure the Earth's atmospheric moisture. It is part of NASA's Earth Systematic Missions program and is planned to cover nearly the complete Earth. The project office is overseen by NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center and will provide global rain maps to assist researchers in studying global climate data.
The mission consists of a multiple spacecraft. The core spacecraft, used to measure precipitation structure and to provide a calibration standard for the constellation spacecraft, is scheduled for launch on July 21, 2013 and the low-inclination spacecraft for launch in November 2014 which will provide frequent precipitation measurements on a global basis.
 In Popular Culture
Swades: We, the People (Hindi: स्वदेश, Urdu: سودیش, pronounced [swəˈdeːʃ], English: Homeland) is a 2004 Indian film written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker which starts from NASA's GPM project analysis. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and debutante Gayatri Joshi. Sharukh Khan plays the role of Project Manager, GPM, NASA in this film. He explains the importance of GPM and its positive impact on Earth and thereby defends its budget. The movie, though was a commercial failure, but was highly critically acclaimed.
 See also
- "Science Missions". NASA. Retrieved 2010-10-28.