NASA Launches Revolutionary Earth Science Satellite Measuring Soil Moisture Cycle
NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, is seen after the mobile service tower was rolled back Friday, Jan. 30 at Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
At dawn this morning (Jan. 31) NASA launched an advanced Earth science satellite aimed at making measurements of our planet’s surface soil moisture that will revolutionize our understanding of the water, energy, carbon cycles driving all life on Earth.
NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lifted off at (…)
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