SMAP: NASA Launches New Satellite to Study Earth’s Moisture

January 5, 2015 4:48 AM

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NASA has created a new technology in order to help farmers. This time scientists with NASA have developed a new technology titled Soil Moisture Active Passive or in short form SMAP. It is a satellite that can calculate moisture level from space and is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this month.

As per a press release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, SMAP consists of three major parts that is a radar, a radiometer and the third one is a large antenna that rotates in space. When the instruments produce their own signals, they are considered ‘active’ and when they just record existing signals,...

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