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Interactive video lesson plan for: NASA Launches Soil Moisture Mapper

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Highlights from launch, separation and solar array deployment of the SMAP spacecraft. SMAP launched on a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Ca., on January 31, 2015. SMAP will provide high resolution, space-based measurements of soil moisture and its state -- frozen or thawed -- a new capability that will allow scientists to better predict natural hazards of extreme weather, climate change, floods and droughts, and help reduce uncertainties in our understanding of Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles.

Tagged under: Soil Moisture Active Passive,Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Spacecraft Manufacturer),NASA,Vandenberg Air Force Base (Military Post),Delta II (Rocket),Rocket,Launch,Soil Mechanics (Field Of Study),space,Earth Right Now,satellite,Earth Science (Field Of Study),Climate Change (Website Category),Water Content,Astronomy (Field Of Study),United Launch Alliance (Spacecraft Manufacturer)

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