• SMAP Launch
    Launch Missions

    NASA’s SMAP Mission Launches


    After weather and equipment delays earlier in the week, NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) successfully launched Jan. 31 aboard one of the last remaining United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rockets. SMAP launched at 9:22 a.m. from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base and separated from Delta 2's upper stage about an hour after liftoff.