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NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions. A Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive or SMAP satellite launched shortly before sunrise from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast. As the rocket zoomed skyward, it gave off an orange glow. About an...

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