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SMOS (Earth Explorer 2)


SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) is the second Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission in ESA's Living Planet Program scheduled for launch in early 2007. Its overall objectives are to provide global observations of two crucial variables for modelling the weather and climate, Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity. It will also monitor the vegetation water content, snow cover and ice structure.

Nation: Europe
Type / Application: Earth Science
Operator: ESA
Contractors: Alcatel Space
Configuration: Proteus Bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 758 km × 760 km, 98.45
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SMOS (Earth Explorer 2) 2009-059A 02.11.2009 Pl LC-133/3 Rokot-KM with PROBA 2

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