Countdown to Launch:
Satellite-based precipitation measurement is about to be revolutionized as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite prepares for launch. Plan your own launch party with these resources and watch live on NASA TV as GPM soars to its place in space.
Host an Event!
- Plan your party using easy-to-follow steps.
- Join the online conversation.
- Educate with Hands-on Activities
- Promote your launch party.
There are activities and decorations in the launch kit to make your party fun for all ages. Be creative with your party and invite your friends or people from your community. Watch the launch and launch events live, including talks from NASA scientists and engineers. You don't need to be at launch to have a great time. Everything you need to host a great party and join in the launch fun is here at your fingertips.
Launch Party Locations:
NASA Centers (please contact before visiting):
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD
NASA IV&V, Fairmont, WV
NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center, Wallops Island, VA
GLOBE Program Office, Boulder, CO
NASA JPL, Pasadena, CA
Schools (not open to public):
Colorado Springs, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Baton Rouge, LA
Silver Spring, MD
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours. NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch the GPM Core Observatory satellite carrying advanced instruments that will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space. The data they provide will be used to unify precipitation measurements made by an international network of partner satellites to quantify when, where, and how much it rains or snows around the world.
The GPM mission will help advance our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters, and extend current capabilities of using satellite precipitation information to directly benefit society.