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Rocket blasts off with NASA satellite to track climate change

Jan 31, 2015    

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earths soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change.The tiny amount of soil moisture links the planets overall environmental systems its water, energy and carbon cycles - as well as determines whether particular regions are afflicted with drought or flooding. Its the metabolism of the system, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lead scientist Dara Entekhabi told reporters at ...

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