On November 2nd, 2016, SMOS mission accomplished a new feat: the mission has now been operating for seven years!
Designed for a nominal lifetime of three years plus an extension of two years, SMOS has overcome the expectations and it is now headed for a third extension period. And the instrument is still behaving well, giving rise to new products and applications on land, ocean, and cryosphere, and even for atmospheric applications.
Congratulations to SMOS and to ESA. Long life to SMOS!
The BEC team.