SMAP May Revolutionize Farming and Save Consumers Money

January 4, 2015 10:19 PM

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It’s not surprising that NASA has found a way to create technology previously unheard of. The robotic rovers Opportunity and Spirit were created to traverse Mars, while other sophisticated equipment and materials were developed in order to send astronauts to the Moon. Now, the space organization has developed the Soil Moisture Active Passive, or SMAP, a satellite that can measure the planet’s moisture level from space. Currently, the satellite is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Jan. 29, 2015 at 9:20 am ET.

According to a press release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, SMAP contains three main parts: a radar, radiometer and the “largest rotating mesh antenna every deployed in space.” Based on convention, sensing instruments are considered “active” when they produce signals and “passive” when they record ...

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