Comments for en-gb 30 Thu 28 Aug 2014 07:25:02 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at dennisjunior1 Jonathan Amos:That is good news, for Spain that is making breakthrough in space....=Dennis Junior= Sun 15 Nov 2009 02:25:47 GMT+1 Stargazer All this, to a background, Jonathan, of real doubts about Spain being able to pay its 2010 ESA contribution.The naming of ESAC as a Establishment last summer after the Ministerial Council very surprisingly rejected Spain's bid last November is probably also not insignificant. There was no public announcement about the move, it just happened at not even most people at ESAC knew that it had happened until months later. Tue 03 Nov 2009 13:00:36 GMT+1 Jonathan Amos Cricketing_stargazer. Thanks for this. The point is well made. One intersting fact worth noting on Smos is the antenna that has also been established in Svalbard. This high latitude antenna will ensure a more timely return of data than is possible through the Esac station at Villafranca. It will mean the likes of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts will get the information it needs within a matter of hours. It also highlights the issue of data relay in general for Europe, but that is a whole other Esa programme... Mon 02 Nov 2009 22:28:42 GMT+1 Maurizio Morabito 1,000 points for technology research and job creation but minus three hundred millions for value-for-money....What's the worth of something whose hardware costs run at 100M€ a year? SMOS will be out of action sometimes in 2012, having provided us just a glimpse of what is actually happening, simply because it will not have enough time to provide more.What is the actual climate-related contribution going to be, for example, when "climate" is defined as average variables across 30 years? How will the impact of the Sun be evaluated, when the sunspot cycle is 11 (or better yet, 22) years?Let's really hope the instruments get re-used somewhere else, otherwise it will be a giant waste of an opportunity Mon 02 Nov 2009 16:17:06 GMT+1 Stargazer Johnathan, an interesting Blog, as usual, but there are more highly relevant details that you could have included. For example, this mission would normally be controlled from ESRIN at Frascati in Italy as an Earth Observation mission but, very unusually, is being controlled from ESAC - the Astronomy Mission centre - in Madrid (which has just been formally named as ESA's latest establishment) and a new, small antenna has even been installed there for the purpose of tracking the mission. Mon 02 Nov 2009 14:17:54 GMT+1