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SMOS 10 years on Orbit

Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2019 | 07:30 - 08:15 GMT | 08:30 - 09:15 CET

Replay: Thu, Oct 31, 2019 | 16:00 - 16:50 GMT | 17:00 - 17:50 CET

Type: ESA TV Exchange

Format: 16:9

SMOS, ESA's "water mission" Satellite, has been in orbit for a decade now.

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 which are both crucial components of Earth’s water cycle.

By consistently mapping these variables, SMOS is not only advancing our understanding of the water cycle and the exchange processes between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, but is also helping to improve weather forecasts and contributing to climate research as well as contributing to a growing number practical everyday applications.

The A&B Roll includes interviews of :

Yann Kerr, Principal Investigator SMOS programme, CNES in English & French 

Lars Kaleschke, Climate Researcher, Alfred Wegener Institute  in English & German

Patricia De Rosnay, Senior Scientist, ECMWF in English & French

Jacquelline Boutin, Research Director, CNRS  in English

Nicolas Reul, Laboratory of Spatial Oceanography, IFREMER in English & French

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Satellite Parameters: Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.