High Winds Force NASA To Cancel Satellite Launch

January 29, 2015 4:26 PM

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NASA officials deemed the winds at Vandenberg Air Force base in California too strong for a launch today and called off the launch mere minutes before the opening of the 3-minute launch window. Today was to see the launch of the agency’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) designed to measure groundwater content and frozen/thawed state globally every three days in order for scientist’s to more accurately study and monitor drought conditions.

Yesterday, NASA suggested that the satellite had an 80% of being launched as payload on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. Officials have upgraded the likelihood 90 percent for a Friday launch (January 30).

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