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SMOS is classified as:


NORAD ID: 36036
Int'l Code: 2009-059A
Perigee: 765.4 km
Apogee: 767.4 km
Inclination: 98.4 °
Period: 100.0 minutes
Semi major axis: 7137 km
RCS: 2.951 m2 (large)
Launch date: November 2, 2009
Source: European Space Agency (ESA)
Launch site: PLESETSK MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (PKMTR)

Smos will investigate the hydrological cycle by measuring changes in soil moisture and ocean salinity. It will do this by observing variations in the natural microwave emission coming up off the planet's surface. The data is expected to have wide uses but should improve weather forecasts and warnings of extreme events, such as floods.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 36036U 09059A   17117.63201199 +.00000064 +00000-0 +34460-4 0  9990
2 36036 098.4455 306.0489 0001352 086.6744 273.4599 14.39767398393338
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC