Ready to launch! The moon is seen above the United Launch Alliance

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Ready to launch! The moon is seen above the United Launch Alliance

Ready to launch! The moon is seen above the United Launch Alliance

Ready to launch! The moon is seen above the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard shortly after the mobile service tower was rolled back, at the Space Launch Complex 2, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Scheduled to launch at 9:20 a.m. EST, SMAP is our first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists’ understanding of the processes that link Earth’s water, energy, and carbon cycles. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) #nasa #ula #space #deltaii #earth #earthrightnow #science
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