IEMS Mission System ManagerBenhan Jai is the Manager of the Integrated Earth Mission System. He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the Earth missions at JPL. Jai received his master's degree in Computer Engi... more
Benhan Jai is the Manager of the Integrated Earth Mission System. He is responsible for the overall ground aspect of the Earth missions at JPL. Jai received his master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. Since joining JPL in 1985, he has served in a number of engineering and management roles involving ground data system development, mission operations system development, and mission management at JPL. His previous assignments have included the development of the Ground Data System and the Mission Operations System on many missions including NASA Scatterometer, SeaWinds, Mars Global Surveyor, Stardust, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project. He was the SMAP Mission System Manager during development phase and launch. He has held positions as Data System Engineer, Ground Data System Manager, Mission Operations Manager, and Mission Manager. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2007 and 2017.less
Project ScientistSimon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Insti... moreSimon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from February to August 1991. In September 1991, he joined the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was the supervisor of radar system engineering and algorithm development group from 2002-2007. He was the deputy manager of Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth section from 2007 to 2009, and the section manager from 2009 to 2013. He served as the Project Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius mission from January 2012 to September 2013, the Deputy Project Scientist of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission from Jan 2013 to September 2013, and the SMAP Project Scientist since October 2013. He has been the Principal/Co-Investigator of numerous NASA and DOD research projects on remote sensing of soil moisture, terrestrial snow, ocean salinity and ocean wind. He has authored four book chapters and published more than 150 publications and presentations. He received the IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award in 1995, 2002, 2010 and 2014. He also received the 2000 Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium. He received the JPL Lew Allen Award in 1998 and Ed Stone Award in 2003. He receives the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal in 2014. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and is the Fellow of IEEE. less
Deputy Project ScientistPeggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of Californ... morePeggy E. O’Neill received her B.S. degree summa cum laude with University Honors in geography from Northern Illinois University in 1976, her M.A. degree in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979, and has done post-graduate work in civil and environmental engineering through Cornell University. Since 1980 she has been employed as a Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Branch at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where she conducts research in soil moisture retrieval and land surface hydrology, primarily through microwave remote sensing techniques. She is currently the SMAP Deputy Project Scientist. less
Mission Operations Assurance ManagerRoy Butler is the Mission Operations Assurance Manager of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. He previously worked as Systems Payload Engineer of the Mars Reconnaissance... more
Roy Butler is the Mission Operations Assurance Manager of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. He previously worked as Systems Payload Engineer of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission, as well as flight testbed and ground data systems work. He holds degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Philosophy. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2008.less
Lynn Marie Osornia
Project Resource Analyst (PRA)Lynn Marie Osornia is the Project Resource Analyst (PRA), SMAP Business Office. She received her B.S. majoring in Finance from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., in 1998 a... more
Lynn Marie Osornia is the Project Resource Analyst (PRA), SMAP Business Office. She received her B.S. majoring in Finance from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., in 1998 and an MBA from the University of Redlands, Calif., in 2005. Within the MBA program, she completed the Global Business abroad course held at Cambridge University, England. This course explored the origins, consequences, influences and impact to Europe within the international economy. Post Cambridge she attended the ESSCA School of Management in Paris, France. Prior to SMAP, as lead, she has supported several projects: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Project (WISE) receiving on behalf of the WISE Project Administration Team, a NASA Group Achievement Award (GAA), April 2003 – January 2010, Space Interferometer Mission Project, January 2010 – June 2010, Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office, June 2010 – September 2012, ColdAtomLaboratory (CAL) Project, September 2012 – November 2015, and finally Soil Moisture Active Passive Project (SMAP), November 2015.less
Ground Data System (GDS) ManagerWallace Hu is currently working as the SMAP Ground Data System (GDS) Manager. He obtained his BS Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at Lockhee... more
Wallace Hu is currently working as the SMAP Ground Data System (GDS) Manager. He obtained his BS Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at Lockheed Martin for seven years before joining JPL in the Mission Planning and Sequencing Development Group. Since then, he has worked as the GDSE (Ground Data System Engineer) for the Spitzer space telescope, GRAIL, and RapidScat projects. His work encompassed managing cost, schedule, design and deployment of the ground data system (software and hardware) from development through operations. He is also the GDS Manager for SWOT, NISAR projects.less
Science Data Systems ManagerMaher Hanna is the Science Data Systems Manager. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, and his M.S. in System Architecture and Engineering from University of Southern... more
Maher Hanna is the Science Data Systems Manager. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, and his M.S. in System Architecture and Engineering from University of Southern California. He started at JPL as a hardware engineer for the Multimission Image Processing Laboratory then move to lead the Operation Product Generation System for MSL before he joined SMAP, SWOT and NISAR as the SDS manager.less
Science Phase LeadChris Ballard is the Science Phase Lead. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue... more
Chris Ballard is the Science Phase Lead. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He started at JPL as a maneuver analyst for Cassini, then moved into mission planning for SWOT and NISAR. He has worked on SMAP since just after launch in February 2015.less
SMAP Systems EngineerMasashi has worked on Cassini (mission to Saturn) operations, and before that on propulsion for Cassini, SMAP, Mars Science Laboratory and the Dawn mission to asteroids. Previously, he worked... more
Masashi has worked on Cassini (mission to Saturn) operations, and before that on propulsion for Cassini, SMAP, Mars Science Laboratory and the Dawn mission to asteroids. Previously, he worked at NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center on the X-43A hypersonic scramjet and SR-71. And before that at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) on High Speed Civil Transport propulsion. He holds an MSE and BSE in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Michigan. He is an instrument rated private pilot, but not current.less
Results of a study reveal that SMAP soil moisture retrievals are generally better than AMSR2 soil moisture data.
NASA scientists are auditioning the radar aboard a European satellite to see how well it stands in for the radar that failed aboard the U.S. space agency’s newly launched Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite in July.
SMAP’s radiometer, which measures temperatures on Earth’s surface, can do more than previously thought, and the spacecraft remains healthy, scientists say.
Discovery Channel features students exploring Mount Kilimanjaro. They will learn about collecting environmental data on the mountain’s six biomes and meet a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist to discuss the SMAP Mission, a satellite that measures the Earth’s soil moisture.
Dara Entekhabi, the science team leader of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, was selected by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to receive the 2015 Hydrologic Sciences Award.
NASA's SMAP satellite observatory conducted a field experiment as part of its soil moisture data product validation program in southern Arizona.
NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the ground to complement and validate what is seen from space.
News from the fourth Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAPEx-4) field campaign, carried out in Yanco, NSW, Australia, from May 1-23, 2015. This field experiment is part of the CalVal activities for the NASA SMAP mission.
NASA-funded study finds that Texas’ historic rainfall and resulting soil moisture could strengthen a storm moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
An assessment of surface soil moisture is necessary for applications such as weather forecasting, climate change modeling, monitoring of agricultural productivity, water resources management, drought prediction, flood area mapping, and ecosystem health monitoring.
“We’re entering the golden age of satellite missions for water,” says Jay Famiglietti, NASA’s senior water scientist. His research team is mapping the dwindling water supply of the drought-gripped western United States.
SMAP’s measurements will help scientists to understand the circulation of water and carbon. The carbon cycle has more branches than the water cycle; it transfers from the air, in the form of carbon dioxide, to soil, rocks, surface water and frozen surfaces.
With its antenna spinning at full speed, NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully re-tested its science instruments and generated its first global maps, a key step to beginning routine science operations.
Kent Kellogg will be the featured speaker May 11 when the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council holds its annual Les Tupper Awards ceremony in von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The event begins at 7 p.m.
The 20-foot (6-meter) "golden lasso" reflector antenna atop NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is now ready to wrangle up high-resolution global soil moisture data.
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have commanded the 20-foot (6-meter) reflector antenna on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory to begin spinning for the first time. The partial spin-up is a key step before science operations.
NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has successfully completed a two-day test of its science instruments. The observatory's radar and radiometer instruments were successfully operated for the first time.
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, today sent commands to unfurl the massive 20-foot-wide (6-meter) reflector antenna on NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observator. The deployment of the mesh reflector antenna, which supports the collection of SMAP's radar and radiometer instrument measurements in space, marks a key milestone in commissioning the satellite. S
Over the past 12 months NASA has added five missions to its orbiting Earth-observing fleet – the biggest one-year increase in more than a decade. NASA scientists will discuss early observations from the new missions and their current status during a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 26.
NASA's SMAP has successfully separated from the Delta II rocket off the east coast of Africa, and engineers have successfully established communication with the spacecraft.
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. S
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Saturday, Jan. 31, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 4 a.m. PST (7 a.m. EST).
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is perched on the pad at Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2), and is set to launch Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket will carry SMAP into orbit. The launch window lasts three minutes.
Precipitation and temperature are part of every weather forecast. Precipitation comes from clouds, clouds are formed of airborne water vapor, and vapor comes from evaporating soil moisture -- so soil moisture governs precipitation.
NASA doesn’t study just the stars and planets; it is also concerned with the soil beneath your feet. Studying the moisture in the top two inches of the soil from space with a satellite named "SMAP" can help weather forecasters predict flash floods, farmers grow more crops, and communities plan for drought.
NASA held a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Thursday, Jan. 8, at NASA Headquarters in Washington to discuss the upcoming Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission.
Scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, 2015, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument will measure the moisture lodged in Earth's soils with an unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The instrument's three main parts are a radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in space.
SMAP will allow for improved weather forecasts that will upgrade predictions for heat stress and virus-spreading rates. In short, SMAP will allow policy makers to plan farther ahead into the future.
NASA’s innovative soil moisture mapper, a new environmental satellite launching in January, has been fueled up for blastoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has been delayed to a targeted launch date of Jan. 31, pending completion of minor repairs to the United Launch Alliance Delta II launch vehicle.
Initial data from SMAP capture the 2015 spring thaw progression over the Northern Hemisphere, with a thaw front extending from predominantly non-frozen southern latitudes to the still-frozen north.
NASA celebrated the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the Agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
NASA's SMAP and University of Texas scientists are rounding up critical soil information for managing the Lone Star State's limited water.