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Soil Moisture Satellite Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

A new launch is on the books at Vandenberg Air Force Base and could have future impacts on California’s drought.

The “soil moisture active passive” spacecraft or smap has arrived at Vandenberg. It will be sent up on the back of a delta two rocket on Jan. 29. NASA says SMAP will provide the most accurate, highest-resolution global measurements of soil moisture ever obtained.

NASA believes the data will enhance scientists understanding of the processes that link earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles.

And that information could be live changing for farmers around the world. SMAP will launch in January and be in earth’s orbit for three years.

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