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NASA Launch SMAP Satellite

NASA Launch SMAP Satellite

NASA Launch SMAP Satellite

Nasa has successfully launch a Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s central coast.

After about 57 minute the rocket achieved 411 – 425 mile orbit as the satellite separated from stage two where it deployed it’s solar array.

Engineers will spend the next two weeks checking out the instruments before SMAP begins collecting data soil water content.

Geoffery Yoder from NASA said, “This data will benefit not only scientists seeking a better understanding of our planet’s climate and environment, it will help emergency planners and policy makers.”

The project has cost $916 million and is expected to last three years.

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NASA Launch SMAP Satellite

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