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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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more