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NASA rocket launch

Blast off to better soil moisture measures

A NASA satellite to measure water in Earth’s soil has gone into orbit

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Jan. 31 carrying a NASA satellite to measure moisture in the top layer of the Earth’s soil, data to be used in weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change. Soil moisture is a variable that binds together all of […] Read more

No relief for Earth’s warming trend in 2013, studies find

It may have been cold here lately, but overall, the world keeps getting warmer

The average temperature of Earth maintained its warming trend in 2013, despite seasonal and regional variations that included a shrinking ice cap in the Arctic and a massively growing one in the Southern Hemisphere, U.S. scientists said Jan. 21. NASA said the planet’s average temperature in 2013 was 58.3 F (14.6 C), tying 2006 and […] Read more