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Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Live Shot Page 1.29.15

NASA scientists talk about the launch of the Soil Moisture Active Passive - or SMAP - satellite scheduled to launch on Jan 29. SMAP will take stock of the water hidden just beneath your feet, in the topsoil. Knowing how much water is in the soil, and whether it is frozen or thawed, has profound applications for society, from better forecasting of natural disasters like floods and droughts to helping prevent food shortages.

How SMAP's radiometer works.

How SMAP will help weather forecasts.

More about SMAP.

NASA TV's video file.


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