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Global Precipitation Measurement Dress Rehearsal
2014-02-24 11:29:34

By Ellen Gray, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, a skeleton crew of blue-shirted NASA engineers for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission fill three rows of computer stations. Sitting with them, on top of one of the desktop computers, is a squat, roundish doll. About the size of a grapefruit, it’s bright red with a stylized,...