New NASA Space Cowboy Deploys Its ‘Lasso’

Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 27, 2015

Like a cowboy at a rodeo, NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), has triumphantly raised its “arm” and unfurled a huge golden “lasso” (antenna) that it will soon spin up to rope the best soil moisture maps ever obtained from space.

Launched Jan. 31 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Delta II rocket, SMAP is now literally riding tall —> Read More Here


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