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SMOS is classified as:


NORAD ID: 36036
Int'l Code: 2009-059A
Perigee: 765.6 km
Apogee: 767.2 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   20028.52070791  .00000047  00000-0  28851-4 0  9993
2 36036  98.4411 217.5652 0001125  93.7345 266.3972 14.39775352538080
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC