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NASA's Newest Mission: Floods in Kenya

Climate change on the agenda for the space agency

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At NASA headquarters, part of a map of Kenyan waterways blinks repeatedly in blue-gray, indicating where stream flow is heaviest and likely to cause flooding over the next 72 hours.

Halfway around the world, officials at Kenya's Ministry of Water and Irrigation can see the same data, which they use to try to reduce the loss of life and property from increasingly frequent floods linked to global warming.