SMAP: NASA’s New Satellite That Will Map Soil’s Moisture

January 4, 2015 10:22 PM

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NASA affirmed another satellite launch on 29th January. The SMAP satellite is intended to gauge the entire planet’s soil moisture and report it back to researchers. NASA expects the new satellite would be a precious tool for ranchers in battling dry spells.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) is the satellite with the biggest lattice antenna thus far. SMAP mission’s group calls the pivoting antenna a “spinning lasso.” The “lasso” is 19.7 feet wide and is connected to an arm with a felon in its elbow. The antenna is intended to carry out 14 full spi...

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