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NASA's Earth Minute: Dishing the Dirt

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Published on Jan 22, 2015

NASA doesn’t study just the stars and planets; it is also concerned with the soil beneath your feet. Studying the moisture in the top two inches of the soil from space with a satellite named "SMAP" can help weather forecasters predict flash floods, farmers grow more crops, and communities plan for drought.

:::LEARN MORE:::
New satellite data will help farmers facing drought
http://climate.nasa.gov/news/1145/
Technology innovations spin SMAP into space
http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2209/
Five things about SMAP
http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2225/
Dry Times in North America
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Feat...
Looking for Salt, Seeing Soil Moisture
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD...
SMAP: Notes From the Field
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blog...

:::NASA MISSIONS & RESEARCH:::
SMAP – Soil Moisture Active Passive
http://smap.jpl.nasa.gov/
Aquarius
http://aquarius.nasa.gov/

:::FOR EDUCATORS:::
NASA Wavelength
http://nasawavelength.org/resource-se...
SMAP Education & Public Outreach Materials
http://smap.jpl.nasa.gov/classroom-ac...

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