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July 03, 2015
Sentinel-2A completes critical first days in space
Paris (ESA) Jul 01, 2015
Last night marked the end of Sentinel-2A's first three days in space, which saw teams on the ground working around the clock to ensure the spacecraft is ready for its 'colour vision' mission. The ESA-developed Sentinel-2A satellite lifted off on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:52 GMT on 23 June (03:52 CEST; 22:52 local time, 22 June). The 1.1 tonne satellite carries a high-resolution optical payload that will gather some of the best global imagery ever delivere ... read more

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