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NASA Launches Groundbreaking Soil Moisture Mapping Satellite

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

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NASA TV Coverage Set for NOAA DSCOVR Launch Feb. 8

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is scheduled to launch at 6:10 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 8 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. A backup launch opportunity is available at 6:07 p.m. on Feb. 9, if needed.

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Astronauts Speak with University of California Students from Space Station

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students at the University of California, Davis will have a rare opportunity to speak with Expedition 42 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 12:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. PST) Thursday, Feb. 5. The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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Launch of NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission Set for Saturday

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Saturday, Jan. 31 on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 7 a.m.

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UPDATE — NASA Hosts Media, Social Media for “State of NASA” Events at Agency Centers

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 2 to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work on its journey to Mars.

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NASA Invites Media, Social Media to Major Space Launch System Booster Test

Media and social media followers are invited to watch as NASA tests the largest, most powerful booster ever built March 11 at ATK Aerospace System’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. The booster will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will be used to help send humans to deep space destinations including an asteroid and Mars.

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NASA TV Coverage Reset for Launch of Newest Earth-Observing Mission

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, now is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather forecast for this launch window shows a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.

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NATO strives for peaceful resolve in Ukraine

A peaceful political solution, not a military one, would be the most desirable way to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and bring normality to the region, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe.

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Vice chief addresses sequestration effects on Army aviation

Just as the Army chief of staff recently testified before lawmakers warning of the damage another round of sequestration would cause, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn echoed the chief’s words to many connected to the Army aviation community, Jan. 29.

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NATO strives for peaceful resolve to Ukraine

A peaceful political solution, not a military one, would be the most desirable way to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and bring normality to the region, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe.

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