Satellite mission poised to help farmers and water managers, NASA says

January 29, 2015 5:12 AM

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A NASA satellite being launched into space Thursday will measure moisture in the top layer of soil in California farm fields far below.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive project is expected to provide crucial information to Central Valley farmers and water resource managers dealing with the multiyear drought. It will begin a three-year mission after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Delta II rocket.

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