SMAP a Team Effort

SMAP is managed for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, with instrument hardware and science contributions made by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. JPL built the spacecraft and is responsible for project management, system engineering, radar instrumentation, mission operations and the ground data system. Goddard is responsible for the radiometer instrument and science data products. Both centers collaborate on science data processing and delivery to the Alaska Satellite Facility, in Fairbanks, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch management. JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Views of Liftoff

SMAP Launch
The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying NASA’s Soil Moisture Active PassiveĀ  observatory launches from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 9:22 a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

SMAP LaunchIn this long-exposure photograph, the Delta II crosses the sky above Vandenberg Air Force Base as photographers on the ground work to capture the flight. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls