NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive successfully lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at at 9:22 a.m. EST Saturday.
SMAP is a three-year mission to study and map the Earth’s soil moisture, which regulates plant growth and has impacts on weather, emergency management and more.
The Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, beginning a three-year mission to measure and map the water locked in Earth’s soil in greater detail than ever before. The rocket is climbing up and away from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
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