Set to launch in February, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite will, among other things, gather data that can help with efforts to monitor the effects of global warming on precipitation.
A 2013 roundup of Monitor reporters' backstories on the big stories. 'What I did on my way to a headline' can be as interesting as the big story itself. Here are some tales – from dirty laundry to drone attacks – that you’d hear if you sat down at a dinner party with a Monitor correspondent.
NEOWISE, an infrared telescope orbiting Earth, returns test images in preparation for hunting and characterizing near-Earth objects, especially asteroids. The information it provides will help scientists gauge the hazard different asteroids pose.
China has sent its Jade Rabbit rover to a lunar crater with rocks far younger than any explored by the US or Russia. Its findings could help piece together a little-understood period in the moon's history.
Engineers worked Thursday to figure out why one of two cooling pumps aboard the International Space Station malfunctioned. If the problem is hardware-related, astronauts will need to retrieve a spare pump – via a spacewalk.
Researchers are enhancing a dense network of GPS receivers with temperature, air-pressure, and motion sensors common in today's smart phones. The prototype promises precious minutes of advance warning for extreme weather, tsunamis, and earthquakes.
The huge orbit of a Jupiter-like gas giant has researchers scratching their heads over how the thing could ever form so far from the nearest star and the star's accompanying debris disk. But they've got some intriguing theories.