Click on image for full size
The Rain Falls Mainly in the...?
News story originally written on August 28, 1997
Tropical rainfall makes up most of the rain that falls on Earth. Tropical rainfall is rain that falls between the latitudes of the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. (Do you live in this area?)
Tropical rain is very important for the whole Earth. It affects the weather all over the world.
Scientists are sending into space the TRMM satellite. TRMM stands for Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. (Try saying that fast 3 times!) The satellite will be launched October 31, 1997 from Japan.
The TRMM will take very good measurements of tropical rainfall. Hopefully, the TRMM will help scientists figure out how tropical rainfall affects weather around the world.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, ranging from evolution
, classroom research
, and the need for science and math literacy
You might also be interested in:
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on October 29th at 2:19 p.m. EST. The sky was clear and the weather was great. This was the America's 123rd manned space mission. A huge...more
Scientists found a satellite orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is the second one ever! A special telescope allows scientists to look through Earth's atmosphere. The first satellite found was Dactyl....more
The United States wants Russia to put the service module in orbit! The module is part of the International Space Station. It was supposed to be in space over 2 years ago. Russia just sent supplies to the...more
A coronal mass ejection (CME) happened on the Sun last month. The material that was thrown out from this explosion passed the ACE spacecraft. ACE measured some exciting things as the CME material passed...more
Trees and plants are a very important part of this Earth. Trees and plants are nature's air conditioning because they help keep our Earth cool. On a summer day, walking bare-foot on the sidewalk burns,...more
There is something special happening in the night sky. Through mid-May, you will be able to see five planets at the same time! This doesn't happen very often, so you won't want to miss this. Use the links...more