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Seasonal Monsoon Rains Block Key Ocean Current

May 20, 2019

Our oceans and the complex “conveyer belt” system of currents that connects them play an important role in…
Study Tracks ‘Memory’ of Soil Moisture

January 27, 2017

NASA SMAP Data Provide Insights for Weather, Agriculture, Climate A new study of the first year of observational…
NASA Soil Moisture Radar Ends Operations, Mission Science Continues

September 3, 2015

Mission managers for NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have determined that its radar, one of the…
NASA’s SMAP Releases First Calibrated Data

August 6, 2015

In a major milestone, scientists have completed their initial calibration of the two instruments on NASA’s new Soil…
SMAP Team Investigating Radar Instrument Anomaly

July 13, 2015

Mission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are assessing an anomaly with the radar instrument on…
NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

May 20, 2015

NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are…
In the Field: SMAP Gathers Soil Data in Australia

May 19, 2015

It’s 3 a.m. in Yanco, Australia, a remote region located 380 miles (612 kilometers) west of Sydney. While…
How Dry Is Texas? SMAP, TxSON Network Aim to Find Out

May 7, 2015

A new network of sensors in the bone-dry Texas hill country will produce detailed data on soil moisture…
NASA Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps

April 23, 2015

With its antenna now spinning at full speed, NASA’s new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully…
Let It Go! SMAP Almost Ready to Map Frozen Soil

March 16, 2015

Those who feel as though they’ve been living in the never-ending winter of the movie “Frozen” this year…
New NASA Earth Science Missions Expand View of Our Home Planet

February 27, 2015

Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space – with a fifth newly in orbit –…
New NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Completes Key Milestone

February 26, 2015

Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, today sent commands to unfurl the massive 20-foot-wide…
NASA’s New Radiometer Tunes In to Soil’s Frequency

February 4, 2015

Whether it’s a parched field or a boggy marsh, the ground naturally emits microwave energy. Not much energy…
NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

February 2, 2015

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden…
3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on NASA’s soil-moisture mission

January 27, 2015

Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is…
Five Things about NASA’s SMAP

January 23, 2015

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission, scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, will measure the moisture in…
Technology Innovations Spin NASA’s SMAP into Space

January 2, 2015

It’s active. It’s passive. And it’s got a big, spinning lasso. Scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, 2015,…
NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Arrives at Launch Site

October 16, 2014

A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth’s water in one of its most important, but least recognized forms…
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