The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission's Core Observatory will launch today (Feb. 27) at Noon EST from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
The joint mission, between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, "will set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space, providing the next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours," according to NASA officials. "The GPM mission data will advance our understanding of the water and energy cycles and extend the use of precipitation data to directly benefit society."
Check out the video below for an overview of the GPM mission.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is debating creationist Ken Ham Tuesday night (Feb. 4) and you can watch it live here.
The 7:00 p.m. EST showdown is happening on Ham's home turf, at the Creation Museum which he founded in Petersburg, Ky. Moderated by CNN's Tom Foreman, the debate centers around the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?" and will feature questions from the audience.
Nye is a longtime science communicator and the current CEO of the Planetary Society. His opponent is a "young Earth" creationist who reads everything in the Biblical book of Genesis as literal truth. You can read more about the debate here.