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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

The rocket carrying the SMAP soil moisture observatory lifts off Jan. 31 at California’s Vandenberg AFB. (Bill Ingalls photo courtesy NASA)

NASA launches satellite to map soil moisture

Reuters — An unmanned Delta 2 rocket was launched Saturday to put a NASA satellite into orbit that is expected to improve drought monitoring and flooding forecasts. The 39-metre rocket, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 6:22 a.m. PT, the U.S. National Aeronautics and

U.S. scientists call 2014 Earth’s hottest year on record

Cape Canaveral | Reuters — Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, bolstering the argument that people are altering the planet’s climate by relentlessly burning fuels that belch greenhouse gases into the air, two major U.S. government agencies said Friday. Separate studies by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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

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