NASA Set to Launch Soil Moisture Tracking Satellite

January 13, 2015 7:10 PM

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NASA's next mission into space will study a valuable resource that's located right under our own feet.

A soil moisture mapping satellite, otherwise known as Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), is set to launch on Jan. 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base 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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