NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission Launches

The $916.5 million NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission has been successfully launched on January 31, 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, at 9:20 am Eastern time atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. SMAP will acquire global soil moisture in every 2-3 days, providing data for weather forecasting, drought monitoring, flood prediction, crop productivity estimation, etc. Immediately after launch, SMAP enters a busy 90-day period called “commissioning.” It is expected that SMAP will start producing data in May 2015.

NASA SMAP webiste (link)

NASA SAMP Launch News (link)

NASA SMAP Launch Video (link)


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