Anatomy of a Raindrop – by NASA

Anyone else think this looks like the Lorax? No?  Well,  maybe it’s just me. But I just love what this image is doing. It’s describing the creation of raindrops.  As the countdown to NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Core satellite launch this week continues, rain is on the brain.  This new video (watch below), produced by Ryan Fitzgibbons of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, gives a fun, engaging and enlightening look into the creation of raindrops. What’s even more amazing: satellites orbiting the earth will be looking at these micro-characteristics as they fall through the atmosphere.  This is a step up from gathering rain on the ground via rain gauges. A huge step.

Watch it!  I think it will make you smile and teach you a thing or two about rain, namely: rain drops are not tear-shaped, they are shaped like the GPM logo.

Enjoy!

For more info, vist the NASA Story about this video. And keep up with the GPM Launch updates! The GPM Core Observatory is currently scheduled to launch February 27th, 2014, 1:07 pm EST from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.  NASA TV will begin coverage at 12 noon. If you can’t get it on your TV, check it out online!

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