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Launch of NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission Set for Saturday

30 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Saturday, Jan. 31.



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SMAP Earth Mission Launch No Earlier Than Saturday

29 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard

The launch of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has been delayed to a targeted launch date of Jan. 31.



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NASA TV Coverage Reset for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission

29 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Ready for Jan. 29 Launch

NASA's SMAP mission is now scheduled for launch at 6:20 a.m. PST Friday, Jan. 30.



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Astronomers Discover Ancient System with Five Small Planets

28 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Kepler-444 Planetary System

The star system Kepler-444 is the oldest known to host terrestrial-sized planets.



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NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Awaits Launch Atop Rocket

28 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Artist's rendering of the SMAP instrument

The SMAP Earth mission launch has been postponed 24 hours.



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SMAP Readiness Review Gives 'Go' for Launch

27 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Sunset at Vandenberg

Managers from NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) met Tues., Jan. 27, at Vandenberg Air Force Base to assess the status of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft and the ULA Delta II rocket that will boost SMAP into space.



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Building a Better Weather Forecast? SMAP May Help

27 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

SMAP's soil moisture measurements will help with forecasts of precipitation and temperature.

Soil moisture data from NASA's SMAP mission will open a path to improved weather forecasts.



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Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Mystery Objects in Space

27 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Finding 'Yellowballs' in our Milky Way

"Hmm, what's that?" Simply by asking the question, volunteers have led researchers to illuminate a little-known stage of massive star formation.



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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet

27 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation)

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.



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Cassini Catches Titan Naked in the Solar Wind

28 Jan 2015 at 8:01pm

Titan Observed Naked in the Solar Wind

Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when exposed to the raw power of the solar wind.



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