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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Photos of the Day: SMAP Lifts Off...

A Delta II rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...on January 31, 2015.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

SMAP Takes to the Skies (Press Release)

A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard is seen in this long exposure photograph as it launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. SMAP is NASA’s first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles.

Source: NASA.Gov

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In this photo I took, the SMAP satellite is displayed inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, CA...on September 8, 2014.

RELATED LINK: Photos I took of SMAP during a JPL Tour on September 8, 2014

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