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EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVER LAUNCHED BY RUSSIAN ROCKET

EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVER LAUNCHED BY RUSSIAN ROCKET A new European satellite carrying instruments to track changes in the world’s oceans, measure receding ice sheets and chart vegetation growth climbed into orbit Wednesday on top of a Russian Rockot launcher. The successful launch added the seventh satellite to the Copernicus Earth-observing fleet, a network of environmental observatories funded by the European Union in partnership with the European Space Agency. The Sentinel 3B spacecraft — weighing approximately 2,535 pounds (1,150 kilograms) — lifted off at 1757:51 GMT (1:57:51 p.m. EDT) Wednesday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in far northern Russia.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 26)

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