NASA Social on Earth Science Mission

A Jan. 28 NASA Social Media event at Vandenberg Air Force Base featured a briefing about the science and engineering of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and a behind-the-scenes tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base. SMAP is the first U.S. Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture.

UPDATE for Friday, Jan. 31: NASA is now aiming to launch the SMAP Earth-watching satellite on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) to allow minor repairs to the satellite’s Delta II rocket after some so-called “debonding” was detected in the booster’s insulation. You can watch live coverage of the launch on Saturday morning here, starting at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT) with commentary from NASA TV. Full Story: NASA Calls Off Satellite Launch Minutes Before Liftoff

Once in space, the satellite will make a global map of soil moisture levels ever three days or so. You can watch the launch live in the window below via NASA TV.
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Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras installed on the exterior of the International Space Station. The project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, aims to test how cameras perform in the space environment. Full Story: NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space

Live streaming video by Ustream

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NASA Satellite TV Information:

NASA TV is available in continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-18C. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception. Below are parameters for each channel:

Uplink provider = AMC 18 C
Transponder = 3C
105 degrees W
Downlink Frequency: 3760 MHz
Downlink Polarity: Vertical
Transmission Format = DVB-S, 4:2:0
FEC = ¾
Data Rate = 38.80 Mbps
Symbol Rate = 28.0681
Modulation: QPSK/DVB-S

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