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Anomaly in SMAP Antenna Erodes Texas Hope to Monitor Drought

The radar instrument on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite observatory which has been touted as the ultimate panacea to deal with Texas and California’s impending drought in the coming years, has developed anomaly in its antenna and stopped all its transmission to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, which is monitoring it. The radar is one of two ...

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NASA’s Earth Mission SMAP All Set to Map Frozen Soil by April End

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission launched on January 31 to measure moisture on the top few inches of soil globally will begin monitoring the frozen or thawed landscape by April-end. SMAP will monitor the landscape north of 45 degrees north latitude (about the latitude of Minneapolis) every two days. The primary mission of SMAP is to measure the ...

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