PARIS — Europe’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission, intended to measure concentrations of moisture in soil and salt in the oceans, has been scheduled for a September 9 launch aboard a Rockot booster. The mission — the second in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Earth Explorer series — had been expected to lift off in July, but the slot was apparently needed for an unidentified Russian government launch. To be orbited together with ESA’s Proba 2 experimental telecom ...


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