NASA Launches Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

February 2, 2015 5:22 PM

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LOMPOC, Calif. - NASA’s first mission of 2015 is underway, successfully launching a Delta II rocket equipped with a soil moisture mapping satellite at 9:22 a.m. EST Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Central Coast of California.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite is set to track moisture in the Earth’s soil and help scientists better track and forecast extreme weather events such as floods, drought and landslides.

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