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NASA Soil Moisture Mapping Mission

When you think of NASA, images of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong’s space boots touching down on the moon usually come to mind. But as of 6:20 a.m. PST on Jan. 31, 2015, NASA’s focus now includes the soil beneath a different pair of boots—right here on Earth. NASA’s first …

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Farmer in the Sky

Farmer in the Sky

Imagine climbing into your spacesuit, strapping on your magnetic boots and securing your helmet before launching your vehicle from the hold of the orbiting station into the inky blackness to mine for minerals. Dead ahead is the belt of asteroids designated C-type, filled with precious organic-based material. Phosphorous and carbon, …

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