A new European Earth-watching satellite, Sentinel 3, is in orbit. Its primary task is to track and collect data on changes in the oceans, atmosphere, vegetation and ice caps.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the newest addition to its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program. The monitoring network aims to track pollution, deforestation, weather, and other changes on Earth's surface.
At the rate the Americans send satellites into space, you'd be right to ask, is it special anymore? Not very. But the Sentinel-2B satellite launch next week is. It's a "breakthrough" in European technology.
There's a palpable sense of superstition ahead of the Sentinel-2B launch in French Guiana. You won't get into the Jupiter control center wearing red - that's the stop color. But so far it's looking good.
So far, the EU's Copernicus program has sent three Sentinel satellites to observe Earth - 1A, 2A and 3A. But they're just the first halves. Enter Sentinel-1B, and the first mission becomes whole.
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