One of the first objectives of the Envisat mission is to provide data for atmospheric scientists. The status of Envisat's instruments used for measuring the atmosphere are described, as well as the status of the satellite and its data distribution schemes in the context of atmospheric research and applications. The expected lifetime of the Envisat mission as well as the current plan for ensuring data for the atmospheric scientific community will be also addressed. The unique contributions Envisat has made to atmospheric science since launch will also be presented. The ENVISAT Atmospheric Chemistry Mission: status and performanc
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