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A campaign in one of the remotest regions on Earth in ensuring that the SMOS mission is delivering reliable data.
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Despite continued interference issues, Europeâ€™s SMOS satellite is transmitting valuable new data on the way water is cycled across the globe.
In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESAâ€™s SMOS mission.
This image is the first data sent to Earth by the MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched on November 2.
The MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched earlier this month, has been switched on and is operating normally.
Following the launch of ESAâ€™s SMOS satellite on 2 November, the French space agency CNES, which is responsible for operating the satellite, has confirmed that the instrumentâ€™s three antenna arms have deployed as planned, and that the instrument is in good health.
Following word from Eurockot that launch of the Earth Explorer SMOS satellite can take place between July and October this year, ESA, CNES and the prime contractor Thales Alenia Space are now making detailed preparations for the last crucial steps before ESA's water mission is placed in orbit.
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