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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2014

Volume 26, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Dark Data Rescue: Shedding New Light on Old Photons4
  • NASA Celebrates Earth Day at Union Station11
  • Improving Operational Awareness Through ICESat-2 Applications Workshops: Cross-Mission Development15
  • Blog Log21
  • Announcement
  • Arthur Hou Memorial Symposium22
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Celebrating Ten Years of OMI Observations23
  • In The News
  • NASA-CNES Move Forward with Global Water and Ocean Surface Mission31
  • How Does Your Garden Glow? NASA’s OCO-2 Seeks Answer32
  • NASA Begins Field Campaign to Measure Rain in Southern Appalachians34
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News 36
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate – Science Education and Public Outreach Update 38
  • Science Calendars 39

Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick, EOS Senior Project

Scientist In previous issues of The Earth Observer, we have tracked the progress of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission that launched on February 27. As of this writing, functional checkout activities and internal calibration of the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) are ongoing. Both instruments have begun collecting data on rain and snow. The GPM algorithm developers and validation team, with help from the Precipitation Processing System at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, have begun the process of verifying data accuracy. Early data adopters (e.g., NOAA, NRL, ECMWF) started receiving GMI data on March 21 and DPR data on April 2. The GPM team is hoping...