Weather Satellite A Decade In Orbit. It has surpassed its scientific mission. Watch the story
ESA’s Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer mission is a radio telescope in orbit. But it points back to Earth not space. The SMOS has been in orbit for a decade.
This remarkable satellite has not only exceeded its planned life in orbit, but also surpassed its original scientific goals. It was designed to deliver data on soil moisture and ocean salinity. Both are crucial components of Earth’s water cycle.
The SMOS consistently maps these variables. It advances our understanding of the water cycle and the exchange processes between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. SMOS also helps to improve weather forecasts and contributes to climate research as well as contributing to a growing number of practical everyday applications.
An impressive satellite. Should it stay in orbit? Or is it time to bring it down? Watch the video to view its functions and its purpose in space.
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