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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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SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica After 16 Days

After spending 16 days suspended from a giant helium balloon floating 115,000 feet (35,000 meters) above Antarctica, a scientific instrument dubbed SPIDER has landed in a remote region of the frozen continent. Conceived of and built by an international team of scientists, the instrument was launched from McMurdo Station on New Year’s Day. The California Institute of Technology and NASA’s ...

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