New satellite to help NASA predict floods and droughts

January 29, 2015 11:02 AM

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New satellite to help NASA predict floods and droughts

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive, poised for launch on Thursday morning, uses microwaves to measure the moisture content of topsoil.

Sen—A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket was poised for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Thursday to put what may be a game-changing environmental satellite into orbit for NASA.

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