WATCH: NASA launches soil moisture mapper satellite

NASA launches soil moisture mapper satellite -- In order to gather high resolution maps showing moisture characteristics in soil, NASA launched a new Earth-observing satellite on Saturday.

The said maps will be used to improve climate forecasts, Daily Mail mentioned in an online article.

With the rich data that can be taken from the satellite's feed, scientists can prepare better for the potential droughts and storms ahead.

The rocket, Delta 2 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA.

The data will be compiled by the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, which will be turned on 11 days after the rocket launch.

Delta 2 is under a 3-year mission.

Watch the launch of the soil moisture mapper satellite video:

Source: Daily Mail UK

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