NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are launching a satellite for next-gen rain and snow observation for the entire globe. This is an important mission and will help us better understand our planet's water cycles. And it needs an important mascot.
Launched earlier this year, Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft was supposed to enter equatorial orbit of the planet Venus yesterday, using a combination of specialized cameras to track clouds and watch for Venusian lightning for two years. Whoops.